Serbian family sent back to secure migrant facility

A Serbian family that is due to be deported, but had disappeared from open migrant accomodation in Sint-Gillis Waas (East Flanders) has be found by officers from the local police in Kruibeke (East Flanders).


The family had been at the centre of a political and media storm when it became the first family to be sent to a secure migrant facility in Belgium in 5 years. However, they could only be held in secure accomodation for a month and they were discharged from Steenokkerzeel earlier this week.

The mother had started numerous legal proceedings including an asylum application for her 6-year-old daughter thus making it not possible for her and her children to be sent back to Serbia within the 28-day deadline.

They were then given accomodation at an open migrant facility in Sint-Gillis-Waas. However, they disappeared from their accomodation in the open centre.      

Now they have been found they will be sent back to the secure migrant facility at Steenokkerzeel.  

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