The Brussels-Wallonia Federation’s budget minister, André Flahaut (PS), head of the PS in the Chamber Laurette Onkelinx, the New Flemish Alliance MP Nahina Lanjri… These are just a few of the politicians that have called or written to the Foreigner’s office over the last few weeks. They mainly concern various asylum demands, the Het Laaste Nieuws said on Thursday.
The Director General of the Foreigner’s office, Freddy Roosemont, has said he is very annoyed by it. “Certain politicians apparently think that their name appearing in a file is enough to sway the decision. In reality, it just creates pointless extra work”.
The State Secretary for Asylum and Migration, Theo Francken (New Flemish Alliance), has been even more severe. “This kind of intervention is not far off abuse of power, and creates a huge ethical problem, especially when the request comes from a current minister”, he says.
The Walloon minister André Flahaut thinks the State Secretary is making a big fuss about nothing. “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone”, he said.