The Belgian reception system is in crisis. Besides short-term, emergency solutions, structural measures are necessary to resolve it. ©Viktor Toader/Vluchtelingenwerk Vlaanderen
For more than a year, the Belgian reception system for applicants for international protection has been dysfunctional. The situation continues to deteriorate despite numerous condemnations of Fedasil and the Belgian state, countless appeals from people seeking protection, and cries of alarm from the legal community and humanitarian organizations. Improving the situation short-term is unlikely. Caritas International and other civil society organizations call on the government not only to provide emergency solutions, but also to take structural measures to improve the system.