Over two million euros invested in mental health care for asylum seekers

Friday, 13 April 2018 19:31
Over two million euros invested in mental health care for asylum seekers © Belga
Secretary of State Theo Francken will earmark 2.3 million euros from the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) for mental health care for asylum seekers.
Writing on his blog, he said this was a great step forward.

Many asylum seekers who arrive in Belgium come from conflict-torn countries. Some have been subjected to bombardments, violent acts and other traumatizing experiences. The Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration, Theo Francken, decided to provide 2.3 million euros from the AMIF to provide them with better psychological support.

Resources will be given to the French- and Dutch-speaking Red Cross and the Saint-Martin psychiatric neuro-centre to set up mobile psychological assistance teams.

The Catholic University of Leuven, KUL, will also receive support, via the ResCareRefugees Project, to enable it to provide a residential therapeutic treatment service for children from conflict zones.

Funding has also been earmarked for the Saint Alexius de Grimbergen psychiatric hospital so that it can provide tailored treatment for asylum seekers, Francken explained.

Maria Novak
The Brussels Times
Google Plus

More Stories

Demir calls for more sex-abuse shelters

Demir calls for more sex-abuse shelters

Secretary of State for Equal Chances Zuhal Demir (New Flemish Alliance, N-VA) says she would like to see more shelters for victims of sexual abuse in other provinces.

Brussels Flower Carpet to take on new colours due to drought

Brussels Flower Carpet to take on new colours due to drought

The heat wave of the past few weeks will not have spared the carpet of flowers that will adorn the Grand-Place in Brussels from 16 to 19 August.

Peeters has the fewest paid posts; sacked Samusocial boss refuses to divulge

Peeters has the fewest paid posts; sacked Samusocial boss refuses to divulge

Johan Van Overtveldt (N-VA), federal minister of finance, has the most outside posts of any federal minister, according to the latest report for 2017 by the watchdog Cumuleo, which gathers information on politicians’ paid and unpaid work outside of their principal function.