Secretary of state looks to expand asylum capacity with campsites and hostels
State secretary for Asylum and Migration Nicole de Moor (CD&V) has confirmed that single men applying for asylum will no longer be accommodated for the time being. However, the measure will be applied for as short a time as possible and in the meantime additional places, such as campsites, will be sought.
De Moor has not given a concrete figure for the number of additional accommodation places. She is looking at campsites and hostels not used during the winter months to help solve the reception problem. There should also be satellite centres: smaller centres linked to larger accommodation sites.
In addition to creating additional reception places, De Moor is pushing for an accelerated outflow of recognised refugees from reception centres into the housing market.
On Tuesday, De Moor (CD&V) announced that single men would be temporarily banned from the Fedasil network. She wants to prevent families with children from ending up on the streets. "The decision will remain in force until the Fedasil network can accommodate single men again," she said on Friday. However, single men can still apply for asylum.
Nicole de Moor and prime minister Alexander De Croo © BELGA PHOTO BENOIT DOPPAGNE