Being one of the founding countries of the European Union, Belgium is a country with a high rank in the western world with an approximate population of 11 million people. It covers a ground area of about 11,800 square miles. It is the host of the European Union and some other major organisations. Belgium also has a strong influence on the European Union due to the solid background and economic grounds.
Refugees who have plans or hopes for applying for the asylum in Belgium should know that it is not an application that can be processed at the embassy or even outside the nation.
Why would an individual want to apply for a Belgian asylum in the first place? The answer is simple; being a Refugee in a Belgian asylum has its numerous benefits. Some of the benefits include:
- Refugees have equal rights and civic duties under the law, regardless of their country of origin and nationality.
- Education in Belgium for refugees is free.
- They also have the privilege of cheap and available public transportation.
- There are also available and numerous job opportunities a refugee can apply for, most especially in disciplines relating to ICT, Accounting and Engineering.
- Refugees can apply for full citizenship program after a minimum of 5years of residing in the country.
What steps should be taken to become a Belgian citizen from an immigrant?
The first step you should take is to find a route to the country’s border, and then submit yourself to the security in charge. Once you have done this, you will be placed in a refugee camp where a common room of 6 people is either in a room alone, depending on the capacity of each room. The person enters an asylum interview where he answers questions about himself. Some of the questions include:
- Where you’re from.
- Why did you come to Belgium?
- How did you get to Belgium?
Note that these investigators have many translators who determine the nationality of the refugees, so lying is not advisable.
The next step is to accept the asylum, after this, the state asks the person to find a place to rent. After finding a house and registering in the municipality, the state pays you a monthly salary of 800 – 860 euros for the single person and 1100 euros for the husband and wife.
Also note that as powerful as Belgium is, it does not have the right to return refugees to countries that suffer from difficult economic conditions as clearly stated in the refugees’ issue.