In an interview with the weekly Humo the N-VA leader suggests that a Belgian prison in Morocco could provide a solution to the problem posed by drug dealing illegals who are often left untouched and not expelled when they are caught.
"I'm not the Belgian Justice Minister, but that's what I would have tried ages ago. At present 1,200 Moroccans are languishing in Belgian goals. You could fill an entire prison with them. I think we should create something that is also in the interest of Morocco. A prison like that is an investment. It's employment. That is the road we should take."
Mr De Wever points to pronouncements by his predecessor suggesting that a closed centre for illegals was needed.
The Antwerp mayor also suggests that reintroducing vagrancy legislation could provide a solution for homeless drug addicts. "It was an unbelievable folly to abolish the law twenty years ago. I believe it helped a lot of people get through the winter. I am considering getting federal legislation tabled."