The number of applications pending has also fallen during the course of year. Secretary of State De Block told the VRT that: “In January they were still 14,700 applications pending, this has already fallen to 10,000 now.
It’s our intention to have completely worked through the backlog by mid-2014. It’s a two-pronged approach and new applications are dealt with very quickly.”
The speedier treatment times for asylum application have come about as a result of improved cooperation between the Aliens Office, the General-Commission for Refugees and the Stateless and the Council for Disputes by Aliens.