Family reunification procedures are regulated, at the EU level, by the Directive on the right to family reunification. The right to family reunification applies to third-country nationals under refugee or migrant status. The Directive, however, does not include people in ongoing asylum application procedures (asylum seekers) or beneficiaries of a subsidiary form of international protection.
The Directive does not explicitly state a minimum age as of which children can be sponsors or beneficiaries in family reunification procedures. A “sponsor” is a third-country national whom the family members (the “beneficiaries”) want to join. In this respect, Article 24 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights is relevant. According to the Charter, “every child shall have the right to maintain on a regular basis a personal relationship and direct contact with both his/her parents”.