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    Asylum seekers not trying to live off government

    According to a study by KU Leuven and the Free University of Brussels (ULB) a substantial proportion of asylum seekers in this country are economically active and have adapted well to the labor market. According to Johan Wets, comments such as: these asylum seekers are weighing down our social security system and are costing Belgium a fortune, cannot be verified. Wets, a researcher at the Leuven University led the study, in collaboration with the ULB, based on statistics from the Carrefour Bank for Social Security. It appears that 55% of asylum seekers granted asylum in 2005 were still working two years later. Two years prior to regulation, this percentage did not exceed 14%.

    Over the same period, the number of asylum seekers living off of CPAS assistance went from about 80% to 30%.

    Sarah Johansson (Source: Belga)