Denial of visa to Syrian family: Theo Francken refuses to be pushed around
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    Denial of visa to Syrian family: Theo Francken refuses to be pushed around

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    Theo Francken stands firm on visa denial
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    Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration, Theo Francken (N-VA), has no intention of acting passively in the case of a Syrian family living in Aleppo for which a visa was denied. A court bailiff demanded Tuesday that Belgium pay a fine of 4,000 euros per day while the visa is not issued. “We will employ all legal means possible to confront this,” he stated Tuesday.  

    A family from Namur wishes to accommodate the Syrian family and has initiated legal procedures for them to obtain a visa. The Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration however refuses to issue the visa, notwithstanding the fact that a court bailiff requested Monday at the office of Mr. Francken and of the Interior, issuing a fine of 4,000 euros per day following a decision of a Court of First Instance. An appeal, with a suspensive effect, has nevertheless been presented.        

    “I was elected for serving the public interest and I will continue to do so,” was the reaction of the Secretary of State Tuesday.

    “Our people have already shown themselves particularly welcoming during the asylum crisis,” stated Theo Francken. “We worked night and day to manage the crisis and were successful. I will not allow this decision which is detached from reality to lead us once again to asylum chaos. I will continue to be opposed. There is no support (for the procedures being realized by the Namur family) among the population,” he concluded.     

    Lars Andersen (Source: Belga)