200,000 euros have been earmarked for the purpose. The department employs specialists who look into requests to have Bachelor or Master degrees, obtained at foreign universities, recognised on the Belgian level.
They received 3,746 applications last year, a rise of 239 on the year. 482 applications came from refugees, a rise of more than 50 percent on the year. 369 applications (88 percent) were accepted. Refugees can count on less stringent rules when filing their application. They don't necessarily need all the documents, and the procedure is free of charge.