Pollsters asked if people thought that Belgium should close its borders and stop granting political asylum. 10% of respondents agreed with this idea. 74% of respondents believe that Belgium and Flanders should offer a temporary safe haven with refugees returning home eventually. 14% of respondents agree that refugees should receive support in building a new life in this country.
Commentators suggest that the people of Flanders are more or less in one mind on the refugee issue favouring a welcome, but an eventual return, a position defended by Flemish nationalist leader Bart De Wever. Present government policy more closely resembles option three, full integration.