Resettlement to Belgium

Resettlement to Belgium

Within the framework of the European Resettlement programme, Belgium has put in place a structural resettlement project in 2013. Every year, Belgium is offering resettlement places to a certain number of vulnerable refugees, in need of international protection.

IOM supports the Government of Belgium with travel and other resettlement related services upon request of the governmental agencies dealing with the implementation of the resettlement programme, namely the Federal Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (Fedasil) and the Office of the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons (CGRS).

IOM carries out pre-departure health assessments based on the guidelines received from Fedasil. These health assessments are carried to ensure that people travel in a safe and dignified manner, receive appropriate assistance when required and do not pose a health risk towards other travelers or the receiving communities.

Moreover, IOM assists Fedasil in providing pre-departure orientation and pre-embarkation training. The training consists of interactive games and exercises with the refugees on different cultures, traditions, norms and values and tackles the phenomenon of culture shock. This training is key to prepare the refugees for a successful integration into Belgian society.

For the travel of the refugees, IOM facilitates the visa processing, books the domestic and international flights and provides assistance pre-departure, during transit as well as on arrival in Brussels, where IOM facilitates the immigration and customs checks.

In 2017, 1309 refugees arrived in Belgium: 721 persons from Turkey, 299 from Lebanon, 156 from Jordan, 118 from Uganda and 15 from Iraq.

For more information, contact Mrs Evi Vermeulen (evermeulen@iom.int, tel: +32 (0)2 287 74 23)