2015 Annual report

Fedasil has just published its 2015 review. 2015 was an eventful year, marked by a sudden influx of asylum seekers in Belgium and elsewhere in Europe.

Fedasil's 2015 Review presents the key events and principal statistics regarding the reception of asylum seekers in Belgium and the voluntary return of migrants to their country of origin.In 2015, Belgium registered twice as many asylum seekers as in 2014. In order to be able to offer a reception for all people who are entitled to it, Fedasil rapidly and greatly increased the capacity of its reception network (collective centres and individual housing). The number of places doubled in less than six months: at the end of 2015, Belgium had 33,400 reception places compared to 16,000 structural places at the start of July. The new places were often created within a tight timescale and for a limited period.In 2015, 4,053 people decided to return voluntarily to their country of origin with the help of the Belgian voluntary return programme - this is 13% more than in 2014. One out of four voluntary returns was to Iraq.The Fedasil 2015 Review is also available in French and Dutch.