As part of international migrant day, several collectives for non-registered people and their supporters, including members of Ciré, CSC, PTB, the FGTB, the Human Rights League, SOS Migrants and Pigment met at the Béguinage church in Brussels. They announced the launch of a migrant caravan, and a petition in favour of their fundamental rights.
The various participants met in front of the Béguinage church at 6pm, to listen to speeches by collectives and associations for unregistered people, and unions. It continued inside the church, where there were concerts and speeches by unregistered people. “Collectives for unregistered people and unions and associations that support them will soon submit a petition to the Prime Minister’s cabinet. It will request the legalization of unregistered people, the closure of detention centres, the decriminalization of illegal residency and better access to legal residency in Belgium. The fight against the exploitation of unregistered people and the respect of unregistered children is also among the issues mentioned”, says Serge Nöel, the president of SOS Migrants. “We will also announce the launch of a migrant caravan. From January to June 2016, this caravan will go to the main Belgian cities, to be hosted by communes, associations and a school. The objective is to inform people about fundamental human rights for unregistered people, which are often denied them, and show the reality of their everyday life in Belgium”, he added.