Still enormous backlog for applications to become a Belgian

The lower house of the Belgian Parliament, the Chamber of Representatives, still faces an uphill struggle when it comes to approval of naturalisations, applications from foreigners to acquire Belgian nationality. Today a decision is still awaited in over 30,000 applications.

The authorities are getting there, albeit slowly: 5,711 dossiers or 16% of the backlog have now been dealt with. Some dossiers could be closed after it emerged that the applicants had already become Belgians as a result of a simple application.

Figures from last September show that at that time 36,642 dossiers were awaiting processing.

The Chamber of Representatives recently approved 2,151 naturalisations, though 1,204 applications were rejected. A further 2,356 dossiers could be closed after it emerged that the applicants had already become Belgians as a result of a simple application.

Today 30,931 dossiers are still awaiting treatment.