Migrant crisis: 3,000 illegal residents intercepted

Since the beginning of the year, the police have intercepted 3,076 illegal residents in the province of West Flanders.

This is according to its Governor, Carl Decaluwé. This figure has decreased compared to the same period last year. During the first five months of 2016, nearly 4,000 people were stopped and questioned in West Flanders by the police, and found without a residence permit.

The national Provincial Advisor, Kurt Himpe (New Flemish Alliance) says, “The figures of the last two months show an increase in arrests, in particular for human trafficking.” He is very conscious of the forthcoming opening of a reception centre for asylum seekers in Bailleul (France), close to the French-Belgian border. He says that it is rekindling fears that increasing numbers of migrants are trying to reach the United Kingdom, via Belgian ports.

According to the Governor of the province of West Flanders, the police are however paying particular attention to this issue.

The author: Clémentine FORISSIER

Clémentine Forissier, a youthful journalist hailing from Brussels, has been making waves in the field of media. Despite her relatively young age, she has quickly risen to prominence as a prominent voice in Belgian journalism. Known for her fresh perspective and dynamic reporting, Clémentine has become a recognized figure in the Brussels media scene, offering insightful coverage of various topics.

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