More than 3,000 refugees left to their fate in Belgium

By the end of April in Belgium, 3,171 asylum seekers were left on the street without offered accommodation, Anadolija reports.

The seven organizations formed by Brussels-based BELRefugees, Caritas International, WAX, Humanitarian HUB, Doctors of the World, MSF (Doctors without Borders) and Vluchtelingenwerk Vlaanderen issued a joint written statement on the refugee crisis in Belgium.

As stated in the announcement, by the end of last month 3,171 asylum seekers were forced to stay on the street or in areas that are not suitable for living, without being given a place by the Federal Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (Fedasil).

These people, who were not provided with any medical, social and legal services, were supported by non-governmental organizations with limited funds. Organizations have hosted 6,000 people since April 2022.

The number of asylum seekers who received mental health services from the Belgian branch of Doctors Without Borders increased from five to 84 percent between March 2022 and March 2023.

Disorders are said to include psychological disorders, post-traumatic stress and depression, street life and insecurity due to lack of shelter.

Among them, diseases such as diphtheria, scabies, tuberculosis, smallpox were recorded, and due to the lack of access to therapeutic and preventive care.

As the reception centers for refugees are full, these people, regardless of their age and a half, are forced to sleep on the street.

Despite thousands of cases won in Brussels courts and numerous temporary injunctions issued by the European Court of Human Rights, the Belgian state is not taking steps to resolve the crisis.

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