Belgium resettles in 2013

In the framework of the Joint EU Resettlement Programme adopted in March 2012 and through which the EU wants to strengthen its commitment to resettlement, State Secretary for Asylum and Migration Maggie De Block announced that Belgium will provide a new home for 100 refugees in the course of 2013. The Office of the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless persons (CGRS) will be responsible for the selection of the refugees on the basis of a pre-selection made by UNHCR. It is not the first time Belgium resettles, they did so in 2009 (Iraqi refugees) and in 2011 (Eritrean and Congolese refugees) on the request of UNHCR. The first 6 months after arrival Fedasil, the Reception Agency for Asylum Seekers will provide accommodation in their reception centres and prepare the first steps for integration (language courses, finding a home,…) afterwards the refugees will be housed in municipality housing.