Resettlement to Belgium

Within the framework of the European Resettlement programme, Belgium has put in place a structured resettlement project for the period 2014-2020. The number of resettled refugees is gradually increasing on a 2-yearly basis. However, when in 2015 the European Union called upon the Member States to expand their existing resettlement programmes as a response to the Syrian refugee crisis, Belgium increased the number of places for 2016 and 2017.

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 out 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 training. The training consists of interactive games and exercises with the refugees on the 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.  

In 2016, the focus of the resettlement project lied on Syrian refugees: 452 refugees arrived from Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and 4 people came from Burundi.

For more information, visit www.resettlement.be.

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