Laurie Dieffembacq

"Asylum backlog has been sorted!"

The office of the Belgian asylum and migration secretary has confirmed that the backlog in dealing with asylum applications has largely been sorted.  During June the number of dossiers being dealt with by the CGVS, the office of the commissioner general for refugees and stateless people, dropped to below 5,000.

This figure compares favourably with the 18,375 cases two and a half years ago at the height of the migration crisis.  The CGVS can normally process 5,000 cases every three months.  The office drew up an action plan intended to reduce numbers and managed to take the total under 5,000 in June.  The dossiers affect 6,300 people and include couples and their children.

We have to return to the turn of the century for numbers to fall to this level again.