The Vluchtelingenwerk Vlaanderen association wants to meet with the State Secretary for Immigration and Asylum to discuss families taking in refugees, the organisation’s director Els Keytsman said on Sunday. She said that there was an increased feeling of solidarity for them among the Flemish population.
“We have noticed that more and more people are offering to put up or help asylum seekers”, she said. “This solidarity is good to see”.
The director also spoke about various private initiatives, including some launched through the social media network Facebook. “This is a good opportunity for the State Secretary and other parties that deal with the issue of asylum to make use of them”.
Els Keytsman said citizens that wanted to help should go to a CPAS or a welcome centre, for example. The organisation wants to talk to Theo Francken about families taking in people registered as refugees, but also about financing and how the association can help manage the asylum crisis. “We don’t want to see anybody out on the street”, the director said. “We want to be part of the solution”.
There has been no date fixed for the meeting as yet.