"It's an asylum crisis"

The refugee organisation Vluchtelingenwerk Vlaanderen is sounding the alarm about the plight of asylum seekers and is urgently demanding measures to avoid a humanitarian crisis.

At present Fedasil, the government agency that takes care of asylum seekers, seems unable to cope with the numbers of asylum seekers that need accommodation.

The organisation Vluchtelingenwerk Vlaanderen claims that some one thousand asylum seekers have been holed up in hotels for over a year now. Often several families have to stay in one and the same room.

The asylum seekers staying in hotels today include some twenty minors. Els Keytsman of Vluchtelingenwerk Vlaanderen insists that even a caretaker government has to take responsibility for the situation.

The ngo wants the government to draw up an emergency plan to avoid a humanitarian crisis this winter. It is proposing that asylum seekers who are now on the streets are housed in government buildings or in housing containers that were promised long ago.

Fedasil, the government agency that takes care of asylum seekers, has confirmed that the situation is particularly worrying.