Approval of plan for the distribution of asylum seekers in Belgium
Today, the Belgian government approved the plan for the distribution of asylum seekers over the different municipalities of the Kingdom. It will enter into force on 1 May 2016.
On 26 February 2016, the Belgian government approved the plan for the distribution of asylum seekers over the different municipalities of the country. The plan concerns 5,000 reception places. On 1 May 2016, when the plan will enter into force, the different municipalities will be informed of the number of asylum seekers they will have to receive. They will then have 6 to 7 months to prepare for their arrival.
The number of asylum seekers per municipality has been defined taking into account different elements, including each municipality’s capacity as well as current and past efforts for the reception of asylum seekers. The municipalities that have already provided more than half of the average number of reception places per 1000 inhabitants, will be exonerated.
The distribution plan also includes a sanctions mechanism: fines are foreseen for the municipalities that would not comply with the plan.
For further information, see the full press release (in French and in Dutch).