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Title: Refugee policies in Belgium and the aftermath of the Syrian Crisis
Authors: Bircan, Tuba
Issue Date: 19-Mar-2016
Conference: SeSaMO Annual Conference. Migrants: communities, borders, memories, conflicts edition:XIII location:Catania date:17-19 March 2016
Abstract: Repression followed by Syrian crisis has led to a tide of more than 4,6 million Syrians fleeing to other countries, more than 1 million of whom seeking safe haven in Europe. These numbers are on a continuous rise. Only in 2015, there were 35,451 asylum applications in Belgium, when the number in 2014 was 17,213. The refugee crisis has had a powerful effect on the Belgian public, and citizens and Civil Platform engaged
in helping hundreds of refugees arriving in Brussels. However, citizens and the associations are overwhelmed as they feel the government is dragging its feet and they think that the Belgian government should take greater responsibility for the humanitarian crisis. Associations are even threatening to file a complaint with the European Commission if political leaders do nothing to a speed up the registration of
asylum seekers. This paper aims to examine the acclimatization of the Belgian asylum policy to the refugee influx in the last years, especially after the acceleration of conflicts in Syria and the widening impact of ISIS in the region. The question of the study is: What are the adaptations and reforms in Belgian asylum legislation since the beginnings of 90s considering the nexus of contemporary refugee flows?
Publication status: accepted
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
Appears in Collections:Research Group Education and Lifelong Learning
Research Group Poverty, Social Integration and Migration

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