Around 20 immigrants visit the centre of Brussels as tourists
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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”. 

 
The Brussels Times