‘Predictable and catastrophic’: Van Langenhove criticizes comeback numbers, De Moore’s nuances


Member of Parliament Dries Van Langenhove, elected on the Vlaams Belang ticket, thinks the return figures within the first half of 2022 are too low. “Predictable and catastrophic,” Van Langenhove stated in a press launch on Thursday. However in response to Cupboard Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration Nicole De Moore (CD&V), the return continues to be interrupted by corona measures.

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Within the first half of 2022, 3,396 folks returned who weren’t allowed to remain in Belgium. That is evidenced by information from the Division of Immigration. “Bitter little,” says Dries Van Langenhove. “If we increase these numbers to a complete yr, we received’t be capable of join with pre-corona return numbers.”

However the comparability with 2019 is ineffective, says Secretary of State De Moore’s workplace. “In 2022, the return will nonetheless be disrupted on account of corona measures in some international locations of origin,” the cupboard stated. “A 3rd of deliberate removals failed on account of Covid-related points.”



“However till there’s a sharp flip in Belgian return coverage, the numbers will stay as they’re: predictable and catastrophic,” concludes Van Langenhove. Nonetheless, efforts are being made to ship people who find themselves not allowed to be right here again to their nation of origin. That is what de Moore’s cupboard says. “There are missions to particular international locations of origin or different EU member states, negotiations are underway with diplomatic missions, and we’re making agreements with airways.”

In 2021, Division of Immigration return consultants and Fedasil employees managed to power or voluntarily return 5,340 folks. This is a rise over 2020. Then there have been 4895 folks.

In 2022, 3,396 folks have returned up to now who weren’t allowed to remain in Belgium. In April, the numbers once more exceeded 200 for the primary time for the reason that corona. In Could, the upward development continued to 303. In January, February and March, a median of 160 folks may very well be returned.

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