Speaking on Tuesday morning the Governor of West Flanders Carl Decaluwé (Christian democrat) told journalists that although 61 people had been detained “We probably could have detained dozens more, but you need a lot officers to stop such big groups and quite a few migrants were able to escape”.
Among those detained were transit migrants from 15 different countries. In previous operations Eritreans and Kurds made up the lion’s share of those detained. However, this was not the case on Monday.
"It is time for an initial evaluation. The extra capacity with 300 places in Bruges is good. But it still needs to become operational. It takes some time to transfer everyone to the secure centre for illegal immigrants at Steenokkerzeel”, Mr Decaluwé added.