Belgium’s Drastic Decision: Exclusion of Single Male Asylum Seekers from State Homes Sparks Outrage

2023-08-30 18:06:46

It is a drastic and unprecedented step!

Single male asylum seekers are no longer accommodated in state homes in Belgium!

This was announced by the State Secretary for Asylum and Migration, Nicole de Moor (39), on Wednesday.

Reason for the measure: The refugee shelters in Belgium are chronically overburdened. According to estimates by the Belgian government, around 3,000 people seeking protection in Belgium were already homeless at the beginning of the year. Ascending trend.

For months, a number of male migrants, some without papers, have been living on the streets in the Belgian capital of Brussels

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In order to avoid “children ending up on the street in winter”, the places in the homes should in future be reserved exclusively for families with children, continued de Moor.

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According to the Belgian government, asylum applications have recently risen sharply. In 2022, the country saw an increase in applications of over 47 percent compared to the previous year – a high since the great wave of refugees in 2015.

According to the EU Asylum Agency, in 2021, the latest year for which figures are available, men accounted for 70% of asylum applications.

State Secretary for Asylum and Migration in Belgium: Nicole de Moor (39)

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Europe’s leading human rights organization and aid organizations condemned the move as a breach of international obligations.

“We thought we’d seen it all, but no. The Belgian government is not only flouting human rights, it is burying them by suspending the reception of single male asylum seekers,” said Philippe Hensmans, Amnesty International’s Belgium director.

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