Syrian Refugees selected for Resettlement arrived in Belgium

Brussels - On 30 March, 22 resettled Syrian refugees made the journey from Turkey to Belgium. At the same time a selection mission of Syrian refugees currently based in Lebanon was conducted.

At the end of 2014, the CGRS selected 75 Syrian refugees in Turkey for resettlement to Belgium. Due to difficulties in obtaining the necessary travel documents for leaving the Turkish territory, the transfer of these refugees to Belgium was somewhat delayed. 28 of them arrived in December 2014 and 6 more arrived in February 2015.

The group of 22 people which arrived on Monday 30 March comprises five families. They were assisted by IOM and welcomed by a delegation of Fedasil. The refugees will initially reside in two Fedasil reception centers, namely Sint-Truiden and Pondrôme that will assist them with the first integration steps in Belgium.  Their move to private accommodation provided by a Public Social Welfare Centre is planned for the end of April.

The last Syrian refugees from the 2014 quota will soon arrive.

Selection in Lebanon

At the time of the arrival, the Office of the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons was in Lebanon in order to select Syrian refugees for resettlement in 2015. During this first selection mission for which IOM assisted the partners with the necessary operational assistance, the CGRS analyzed 38 proposals from the UNHCR, representing a total of 124 people. These are refugees who have fled the conflict in Syria and are staying in cities or in settlements.

The Belgian federal government had already decided to double the resettlement quota at the end of last year: in 2015, 300 refugees will be selected for resettlement, among whom 225 Syrians.

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