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Migration and Home Affairs


  • In the global context, a person or entity which undertakes a (legal, financial or personal) engagement, promise or pledge, on behalf of another.
  • In the EU context of family reunification, a third-country national residing lawfully in a Member State and applying, or whose family members apply, for family reunification to be joined with them.



  • BG: спонсор
  • CS: osoba usilující o sloučení rodiny / nositel oprávnění ke sloučení rodiny
  • DE: Zusammenführender / Sponsor
  • EL: συντηρών
  • EN: sponsor
  • ES: reagrupante
  • ET: sponsor
  • FI: perheenkokoaja
  • FR: regroupant
  • GA: urraitheoir
  • HR: pokrovitelj
  • HU: családegyesítő (only in context of family reunification)
  • IT: sponsor / soggiornante (familiare che inoltra richiesta di ricongiungimento familiare)
  • LT: globėjas
  • LV: galvotājs / garantētājs
  • MT: Garanti / Sponsor
  • NL: gezinshereniger / referent / hoofdpersoon
  • PL: sponsor
  • PT: requerente de reagrupamento familiar
  • RO: sponsor
  • SK: garant / sponzor
  • SL: sponzor
  • SV: referensperson
  • NO: referanseperson / sponsor
  • KA: სპონსორი/მხარდამჭერი პირი
  • UK: спонсор
  • HY: հովանավոր

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According to this concept, everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of themselves and of their families, including food, clothing, housing and medical care, and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond their control (Art. 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights).