The Belgian federal government has approved a proposal by migration minister Theo Francken (N-VA). The draft law makes it compulsory for immigrants to Belgium to sign a commitment to respect the rights, duties and freedoms in Belgian society, according to reports in SudPresse on Thursday (31 March).
The new rules will apply to non-EU foreigners who want to stay for a longer period than three months in Belgium.
They will receive a statement in their own language and will have 30 days to sign it. By this they are supposed to express their willingness to integrate into Belgian society, learn the language of the region where they are staying and to find work.
In case of refusal, their application for residence permit might be denied or withdrawn.