112 criminals and terrorists have had their right to live in Belgium revoked since the law on foreign nationals was updated a year ago. The State Secretary for Immigration and Asylum, Theo Francken, published the figures on his Twitter account and blog on Sunday.
The new measures mean foreign nationals who were born in Belgium or arrived before their 12th birthday can have their right to stay revoked if they are considered a danger to society.
The stricter legislation was discussed over and over at the time, but Mr Francken thinks the law is still as appropriate and legitimate a year later.
“The Foreigner’s Tribunal backed me 7 times. The Constitutional Court still has to make its ruling, but seeing as the State Council has not made any comments I feel confident about their decision”, the State Secretary wrote on his blog.