Asylum seekers – Brussels calls for urgent federal intervention
Tuesday, 08 September 2015
The crisis generated by the influx of refugees is forcing the government to open a 500-bed facility in Brussels, which will open only at night, from Monday onwards. “It is a step in the right direction but there’s still a very long way to go,” pointed out Brussels Public Social Assistance Centre (CPAS) on Sunday evening. Brussels authorities are calling for “emergency measures from Theo Francken, Secretary of State.”
According to municipal authorities, “24/7 support for each asylum seeker is now needed” although the number of cases registered each day by the Immigration Office – 250 – is “wholly inadequate.”
“These measures are an unavoidable first step to sorting out the current chaotic situation in Parc Maximilien, in the centre of Brussels,” adds the press release.