After almost two months, the hunger strike of the more than 400 undocumented migrants in Brussels in a bid to get collective regularisation will come to an end for the time being.
The activists holding a hunger and thirst strike in the Beguinage church in the centre of Brussels have provisionally ceased their action, and from Thursday, they will make their way to the neutral zone which was set up by Secretary of State for Migration Sammy Mahdi as part of his efforts to mitigate the situation.
"We have managed to initiate a number of negotiations at the highest level," the group l'union des sans papiers pour la Regularisation (USPR) said in a press release on Facebook.
It is not yet clear whether the activists at the VUB and ULB will also end their hunger and thirst strikes, however, a solution is in the making.
"In essence, it's about giving occupants the opportunity to argue elements of anchor, vulnerability, stay, etc. allowing the issuance of an A permit, via the 9 bis procedure. For the most fragile cases, the possibility of humanitarian protection is also on the table," the statement read.
The news was also confirmed by Mahdi on his Twitter account.there were reports of the situation further escalating, as at least 15 of the undocumented migrants across the three locations in the city - in the Beguinage church in the city centre and on the campus of the VUB and ULB - were being hospitalised per day.
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