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Hundreds could be affected by ECJ ruling to allow non-EU parents to stay with child

More than 1,000 families in Ireland could be affected by the recent decision by the EU’s highest court to allow non-EU parents of children with an EU nationality to live and work within member states.

Alan Shatter T.D Minister for Justice and Law Reform.
Alan Shatter T.D Minister for Justice and Law Reform.
Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

HUNDREDS OF FAMILIES could be affected by the decision of the European Court of Justice to allow non-EU parents of Irish children the right to live and work in the country.

Last March, the ECJ ruled that foreign national parents of children with an EU nationality should be allowed to live and work within member states. This decision could affect more than 1,000 families in Ireland, pending evaluations of past and present deportation cases, RTÉ reports.

Some families that have been forced to separate due to deportation orders may be reunited in Ireland under the new legislation.

Some 1,057 relevant cases have been identified by the government; of these 135 are cases currently before the courts challenging deportation orders.

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Read more: EU court: foreign national parents have right to stay with child >

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