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Analysis of 2 bills on the integration of asylum seekers in Belgium

Analyse intermédiaire et incomplète du projet de loi 2548 et 2549 sur l’accueil des demandeurs d’asile et de certaines catégories d'étrangers (Original language title)

2 Belgian draft laws - 2548 and 2549 - modifying the law of 15 December 1980 regarding access to territory, residence, integration and expulsion of foreigners are analysed in this report by the network on asylum and migration CIRE. With a delay of 2 years, the 2 bills transpose four European Directives allowing Member States to implement favourable standards for refugees. The draft laws however contain worrisome proposals which will reduce the rights of foreigners, according to CIRE.

Among them the almost systematical use of detention for asylum seekers at the borders and for those who are identified as potentially willing to leave the country. Another important criticism is that administrative procedures are optimised to dissuade asylum seekers from reintroducing a request for international protection.

CIRE also questions the supposed effectiveness of the bills and points out their potential negative impact on the protection system.

Source: CIRE