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    Around 20 immigrants visit the centre of Brussels as tourists

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    Around 20 immigrants took part in a tourist tour of the centre of Brussels on Saturday afternoon. It was organised by the Citizen Immigrant Support Platform and tourist platform Guruwalk. 

    The first tourist tour, for 7 immigrants, happened at the end of September. The second tour included two amateur guides and a French/Arab translator. 

    “I’m going to live in this town, so I want to get to know the important tourist places in Brussels” says a 25-year-old Egyptian (who now has his papers). 

    The tour started at 2pm. The group went to the Saints-Michel-et-Gudule Cathedral, Brussels Parliament, the Royal Park to see the Palace, Mont des Arts, Manneken-Pis and ended at the Christmas market at Plaisirs d’hiver. 

    “They become tourists and forget they are immigrants for a few hours”, says Bernard Sury, the organiser. “The participants are learning French, which is why we have the tour in French and a translator helps them to understand our explanations. We want to show them that Brussels is cosmopolitan and they have the right to feel at home here”. 

    Sarah Johansson 
    The Brussels Times