Asylum requests – Belgian officials head to Germany to invite migrants to come to Belgium
Sunday, 13 September 2015
Belgian officials went to the refugee camp in Bielefeld on Wednesday and Thursday, to invite asylum seekers to come to Belgium. This “transfer” of asylum seekers is part of an agreement between the two governments, which will see Belgium take in 250 refugees currently sheltering in Germany. This was revealed by Theo Francken’s cabinet, the State Secretary for Immigration and Asylum.
A Home Affairs spokesman for the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia said more than 50 asylum seekers have already agreed to go to Belgium. Others are expected to follow. The only condition is they have to agree to submit their asylum request to Belgium, and not Germany.
39 refugees got on a bus to Belgium on Friday, a spokesman for Bielefeld revealed on Saturday. The local paper, Neue Westfälischen, said the Belgian delegation is expected to return next week.