Gul v Switzerland: ECHR 19 Feb 1996

A Turkish father, who had been permitted on humanitarian grounds to reside with his wife in Switzerland, failed to establish that, by refusing to allow their seven-year-old son to join them in Switzerland, the state had interfered with respect for his family life.
Held: The father and his wife had no permanent right of abode in Switzerland. The Court recognised the possibility that a State might be under an obligation to admit relatives of settled immigrants in order to develop family life. The right to care for ‘your own children’ is ‘a fundamental element of an elementary right.’


23218/94, (1996) 22 EHRR 93, [1996] ECHR 5


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CitedEM (Lebanon) v Secretary of State for the Home Department HL 22-Oct-2008
The claimant challenged the respondent’s decision to order the return of herself and her son to Lebanon.
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CitedQuila and Another, Regina (on The Application of) v Secretary of State for The Home Department SC 12-Oct-2011
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