Belgium’s Government aims to defend its migration policy with due respect for the rule of law and the separation of powers, Prime Minister Charles Michel told the Belga news agency on Friday. Michel made the statement in an “appeal for calm” following the controversy sparked by the refusal of Secretary of State for Migration and Asylum, Theo Francken, to execute a Supreme Court order granting a humanitarian visa to a Syrian family. Francken’s decision was followed by a campaign by his New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) Party calling on judges to come down from their Ivory tower.
The Federal Government agreed on Friday on a “method” to bolster its stance on migration based on setting up working groups. “I asked the Federal Government to organize meetings of legal experts today and analyse all possible legal opinions with a view to defending the Government’s policy with due respect for the rule of law and the separation of powers,” Charles Michel said.