03 February 2017

On 3 February 2017, the 28 Heads of States discussed the external dimension of migration at the informal summit in Malta. They adopted the Malta Declaration.

02 February 2017

Foreign nationals might have to pay a fee of maximum 50 euro in certain municipalities when they renew, extend or replace a temporary residence permit at the level of the municipalities. Modifications by the Law of 18 December 2016, published today in the Belgian Official Gazette, made it possible for municipalities to collect this fee.
Main Theme: Migration
Keywords: processing fee, residence permit

01 February 2017

On 1 February 2017, Belgium and Cameroon signed a Memorandum of Understanding which focuses on migration and return.
Main Theme: Migration
Keywords: MoU, Cameroon

27 January 2017

Today the Council of Ministers decided that the mandatory fee migrants have to pay when applying for certain residence permits will increase.    

26 January 2017

Today a new law enters (partly) into force inserting a general residence condition into the Immigration Act. The Immigration Office can now put an end to a residence permit if the person cannot put forward provable integration efforts.

25 January 2017

The Passenger Name Record (PNR) law has been adopted in Parliament in December 2016. It was published in the Belgian Official Gazette on 25 January 2017. On the basis of this law, carriers will be obliged to send data on their passengers travelling from, to, or across Belgium to a central database.
Main Theme: Borders & Visa
Keywords: public order, Travellers

25 January 2017

Ahead of the meeting of Heads of State or Government in Malta on 3 February 2017, the Commission and the High Representative/Vice-President have set out their contribution to the discussion on how to better manage migration and save lives along the Central Mediterranean route.

25 January 2017

Today, the Commission is taking stock of the progress achieved and the work still needed in making the new European Border and Coast Guard Agency fully operational.

06 January 2017

According to the Missing Migrants Project, an estimate of 7495 men, women and children migrants or refugees died or were reported missing across five continents in 2016. That is almost 20 victims per day and the number may not include them all.

06 January 2017

In 2016, there was a sharp drop in the number of asylum applications in Belgium, and the number of decisions taken by the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons reached an all-time high.

01 January 2017

From 1 January to 30 June 2017,  Malta will hold the presidency of the Council of the EU. The presidency will focus on 6 key areas: migration, single market, security, social inclusion, Europe's neighbourhood and maritime sector. 

21 December 2016

The Commission is today proposing to improve the Schengen Information System (SIS) to close information gaps and to contribute to a stronger control of external borders and sustainable EU Security Union.

18 December 2016

On this International Migrants Day, Myria examines differences in gender related issues in migration, and provides key statistics in this matter.
Main Theme: Migration
Keywords: gender

13 December 2016

The work programme of the European Migration Network for 2017-2018 has been adopted by the European Commission.
Main Theme: Migration

08 December 2016

The Commission recommends today that transfers to Greece should be resumed gradually, only for asylum seekers for whom Greece is responsible from 15 March 2017, and subject to individual assurances from the Greek authorities.

05 December 2016

Authorized officials of the Belgian Immigration Office have been granted direct access to certain parts of the central database of the Belgian police. 
Main Theme: Asylum, Migration
Keywords: Immigration Office, Police

24 November 2016

In october 2016, Fedasil has opened a new return desk in Charleroi, where migrants can receive information and assistance on voluntary return.

14 November 2016

At 3pm today, the EMN presents the recently published study on resettlement and humanitarian admission programmes at the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.

08 November 2016

The Belgian Contact Point of the EMN organised a conference on labour market participation of beneficiaries of international protection. The event took place on the 8th of November in Brussels (Résidence Palace).

06 October 2016

Today, the new agency aimed at strengthening Europe's external borders is legally operational.

30 September 2016

Due to the decreasing inflow of asylum seekers in Belgium, the reception network will be gradually decreased and the implementation of the new reception model will be resumed.
Main Theme: Reception
Keywords: Fedasil, reception centre

28 September 2016

Today, the European Commission is reporting on the progress made on the relocation and resettlement schemes and the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement.

19 September 2016

Today, 19 September 2016, the UN General Assembly will host a high-level summit to address large movements of refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach.
Main Theme: Asylum, Migration
Keywords: middenveld

16 September 2016

Today the new Regulation on the European Border and Coast Guard was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

16 September 2016

The European Commission announced up to €108 million in emergency funding to Bulgaria.
Main Theme: Migration
Keywords: Bulgaria, privaat sponsorship