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04.08.2020

On 8 May 2020, the Belgian government pledged to relocate 18 unaccompanied foreign minors (UFM) to our country. They arrived in Belgium on Tuesday 4 August.

The 18 young migrants had been staying alone, without parent or guardian, in migrant camps on the Greek islands for several months - particularly the hotspots of Lesbos and Samos. The 17 boys and 1 girl originally come from Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, Somalia and Guinea. The youngest is aged 9 and the oldest has just turned 18.

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Belgium has about 70 reception centres for applicants for international protection, accounting for 3/4 of the capacity of the total reception network. In addition to the 29 federal centres managed by Fedasil, there are reception centres managed by partners. The remaining places are in individual houses, organized by the local municipalities or NGOs.

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  • Partners