“The fire department’s report says there is still more work to do, such as replacing a fire-door and installing a sprinkler system in the kitchen. Certificates of conformity still have to be provided. This is not an insurmountable obstacle or because of structural defects”, the mayor said.
He said the bedrooms could start being used in June.
The opening of the new centre is part of the detention centre plan approved by the government in May 2017. It is in a former hotel which had already been used as an open centre. It will only take in single women: up until now they had been held at Bruges or Steenokkerzeel, where they had to share bathrooms with men. Moving them to Holsbeek will free up spaces for men who are at the end of the asylum process in Bruges and Steenokkerzeel.
The Brussels Times