The Home Affairs Minister Jan Jambon (New Flemish Alliance) wants to check every address in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean. He considers it a necessary step towards solving the radicalisation problem in the Brussels commune, he explained during an interview published in the Nieuwsblad.
“It is unacceptable that we are not aware who is in the commune”, he claimed. “Currently, we have situations where just two people are officially registered at a flat, but ten people are living there”.
This is why the deputy Prime minister is calling for a house by house check. “I think the commune administration must knock on every door, and ask who is really living there. It’s a house check, like the one neighbourhood agents do when you move”.
The Minister has also said that he is in favour of a “complete check” in Molenbeek. “It’s not just our reactive tools which must be improved; it’s also education, infrastructure and equal opportunities. We have a social duty to provide a future for 15 to 16 year olds”.
This week, the federal government made Jan Jambon the coordinator for the situation in Molenbeek. It wants to put in extra effort now that there is a clear link between Molenbeek and the terrorists suspected of being behind the attacks in Paris on the 13th of November. Mr Jambon says the link can be explained by the number of Syrian fighters in the commune. “Out of the 130 fighters back in Belgium after returning from Syria, 85 live in in Molenbeek”, he said.