TWENTYONEMILES: Migrant struggles and resistance in Belgium, France and Switzerland

September 6, 2010

100 migrants camp in front of l’Office des Etrangers, Brussels

Filed under: Belgium, sans-papiers — twentyonemiles @ 8:24 am

For several weeks over one hundred migrants, including 30 children, have camped outside the buildings of the World Trade Centre near Brussels nord. Tower Two of the World Trade Centre houses the l’Office des Etrangers (the Foreigners Office).

The migrants have claimed asylum but FEDASIL, the federal agency for the reception of asylum seekers, has said that they cannot help them because they are already at capacity, in contravention of Belgian law. According to the Coordination contres les Rafles, les Expulsions et pour le Regularisation (Coordination against Raids and Deportations and for Regularisation), this argument is complete hypocrisy, since in 2000 there were a much greater number of asylum seekers and they were all housed by FEDASIL. The real problem, according to CRER, is a massive reduction in FEDASIL’s budget which is a result of a political desire to discourage asylum seekers as much as possible.

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