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Asylum crisis in Belgium: A symptom of failing European migration policies?

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Coming from Afghanistan, Africa, the Middle East, hundreds of people come knocking each morning at the door of the refugee office in Brussels, to seek asylum in Belgium.Overwhelmed, the registration centre of Fedasil, which deals with asylum requests, can no longer cope.

Humanitarian organizations are sounding the alarm.“You see, the people sleeping here are often people who tried to get in yesterday, and the day before, but couldn't," says Helene Asselman, Coordinator for Vluchtelingenwerk Vlaanderen. "They have to come back tomorrow or the day after.

In the meantime, they have no rights in Belgium, they have no status, they are not legal residents. Even people who have already applied have no access to shelters.

Especially single men."“We are in a difficult psychological state," says Muhammad Mahani a Palestinian asylum seeker. "We've been in Belgium for four months and they didn't give us accommodation, or Sim cards.

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