Annual reports from the three Belgian
agencies involved in the asylum procedure show 95,000 people applied for asylum
in Belgium. It’s the highest figure in
modern times. Two-thirds of all
applicants are Ukrainians, who enjoy a special status due to Russia’s further
invasion of their homeland and have been able to become active members of our society
immediately. All others were required to
follow the regular asylum procedure and await a decision from the authorities. Last
year Belgium failed to give thousands of asylum seekers the care they deserve.
Many ended up on the street. The asylum
agencies now pledge to tackle the backlog.