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About Fedasil

The Federal Agency for the reception of asylum seekers (Fedasil) is a public interest organisation operational since May 2002.

Fedasil is responsible for the reception of applicants for international protection and other target groups and guarantees high-quality reception and conformity within the various reception structures. Fedasil coordinates the various voluntary return programmes.

Since December 2018, Fedasil falls under the political responsibility of Maggie De Block, the belgian Minister of Social Affairs and Public Health, Migration and Asylum Policy.

Our mission

Fedasil is responsible for the reception of applicants for international protection and other target groups and guarantees high-quality reception and conformity within the various reception structures. Fedasil coordinates the various voluntary return programmes.

Our vision

Fedasil guarantees equal services and integrated counselling attuned to the specific characteristics of the various target groups. The protection of personal integrity and the provision of a realistic image of the future are important points of attention in this regard.

Fedasil strives to attain the requisite flexibility and decisiveness in order to be able to fully assume our responsibility. Some important success factors in this regard are: involvement in the preliminary phases and aftercare, a responsible organization that puts result-oriented and efficient management at all levels first and foremost, combined with the necessary transparency and regular follow-up. Fedasil wants to make an important contribution to the definition, the correct image, social acceptance and implementation of a just migration policy. To this end, Fedasil wishes to observe Belgium's international commitments, such as the conventions and treaties concerning human rights and European directives with regard to reception and asylum.

Our activities

The mission of Fedasil involves a number of activities:

  • We grant material aid (‘bed, bath, bread’ as well as guidance) to applicants for international protection (asylum seekers) and to other foreigners with equal right to reception.
  • Together with our partners, we organise a flexible and high-quality reception, with particular attention to specific needs and vulnerable target groups.
  • We guarantee a flexible, demand-driven reception network through the management of a reserve of reception places ('buffer places')
  • We are responsible for the observation and orientation of unaccompanied foreign minors.
  • We inform our residents about their rights and obligations and we prepare them for an independent life after the reception, in Belgium or in their country of origin.
  • We support initiatives that encourage the local integration of our reception centres.
  • We support the political authorities in developing and implementing the reception policy.
  • We fulfil our international role, particularly by delivering on the European commitments to resettle refugees.
  • We coordinate the voluntary return programme from Belgium, which we carry out together with our return partners.

Organization chart

Fedasil employs 1,700 people. Employees are based at the reception centres across Belgium and at the head office (Brussels).

The management committee of Fedasil is attended by 4 directors with a management function (director general, director policy support, director of operational services, director of general services) and a director of communication (providing an advisory vote)

Composition of the direction committee

  • Mr Jean-Pierre Luxen, Director general
  • Mrs Fanny François, Director policy support
  • Mr Michael Kegels, Director operational services
  • Mr Koenraad Van den Steen, Director general services - ad interim
  • Mrs Mieke Candaele, Director communication (advisory vote)