3,047 applications for international protection filed in Belgium in July

3,047 applications for international protection filed in Belgium in July

In July, 3,047 people applied for international protection in Belgium to the General Commissariat for Refugees and stateless persons (CGRS). This is shown by the figures of the CGRS on Thursday. The people making the request are mainly from Afghanistan, Syria, Burundi and Palestine. That stat excludes Ukrainians. The majority, 2,660 people, filed an initial application for international protection. Another 382 people submitted a subsequent request. In addition, five persons were registered who came to Belgium via resettlement. That brings the total number of applicants in July to 3,047 people….

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Vaccination of the healthcare staff Belgium is now mandatory, otherwise dismissal follows

Vaccination of the healthcare staff Belgium is now mandatory, otherwise dismissal follows

The date of entry into force of the duty was postponed by three months. Countries such as France, Italy and the United States have already made Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for certain sectors, including healthcare. In the United Kingdom, compulsory vaccination in health care is also coming. The commitment in Belgium was announced in January. Around 50,000 health workers in Belgium were threatened with dismissal or six months suspension if they had not complied with the mandatory vaccination on April 1. That date finally became today, August 1st. A census this…

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A very silly idea: to use the moored cruise ships as asylums

A very silly idea: to use the moored cruise ships as asylums

A week after the cabinet proposed the plan to receive asylum seekers in ships on the high seas, state secretary Van der Burg is already putting an end to it. According to him, there are too many risks attached to the unorthodox reception method and it is not possible to always have boats commuting between an asylum ship and the quay. The government will rent three cruise ships for the reception of asylum seekers, Van der Burg said in a letter to the House of Representatives on Thursday. Due to…

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Belgium signs controversial treaty with Iran

Belgium signs controversial treaty with Iran

A new treaty between Iran and Belgium will allow the repatriation of captured terrorists, whom Tehran will then almost certainly release. Belgium is waving the white flag over terrorism. Last week, the Belgian parliament voted to ratify a treaty with Tehran that will allow Iranians convicted of crimes in Belgium to serve their sentences in Iran and vice versa. However, the treaty also allows amnesty. There is little doubt that Tehran will release its terrorists, who are now held in Belgian prisons. One of them is Asadollah Asadi. He was…

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Passengers stranded in Belgian airports due to strike

Passengers stranded in Belgian airports due to strike

Ryanair will cancel at least 69 flights that would depart or arrive in Belgium this weekend. Belgian pilots have announced they will go on strike. According to Ryanair, the cancellations affect more than 12,000 passengers. Of the 136 flights from Charleroi airport, 49 do not go through, the airline reports. How many return flights are affected is still unclear. Twenty flights will be cancelled to and from Brussels Airport, formerly known as Zaventem. The others can continue because they are flying with a non-Belgian crew. The pilots and cabin crew…

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Chinese hackers identified as perpetrators of the attack on Belgian state bodies

Chinese hackers identified as perpetrators of the attack on Belgian state bodies

Chinese cybercriminals were behind two major cyberattacks on the Belgian Army and interior ministry, Belgium says. The country has called the Chinese ambassador to the mat and told him that China must put an end to these practices. The attacks have” significantly affected our sovereignty, democracy and security, ” the State Department said. For two years, cybercriminals had access to networks of the Interior Ministry, which includes, for example, the police, the Immigration Service and the organization of elections. And because of the attack on defense, the network was silent…

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Belgium will control speed limits much more strictly

Belgium will control speed limits much more strictly

Anyone driving through Belgium this summer will have to reckon with stricter controls on the speed limit. Because the police could not process fines, trajectory checks and speed cameras in Flanders were sometimes delayed half the time. But recruiting additional staff will put an end to the lower chance. In Belgium, traffic violations must be determined manually by an agent. For years, staff shortages provided an unorthodox solution: trajectory checks in Flanders sometimes went out half the time, and in Wallonia the tolerance limit was increased to 147 kilometers to…

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Kenes Rakishev and Aselle Tasmagambetova rewarded young dombra musicians

Kenes Rakishev and Aselle Tasmagambetova rewarded young dombra musicians

Developing talent takes a lot of time, effort and dedication. It also needs a lot of funding. Kenes Rakishev and Aselle Tasmagambetova understand it well. Their fund is the organizer of Dombyra-Dastan contest, one of the most prestigious in Kazakhstan. Kenes Rakishev and Aselle Tasmagambetova made it clear: all winners will get prizes in real cash, in effect immediately. It differs from other contests. “As you know, the winners of various competitions often face the fact that the payment of prizes takes place for quite a long time after the…

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Major salad leaf recall initiated

Major salad leaf recall initiated

Supermarket chain Albert Heijn, Carrefour and Colruyt recall various lettuce products after exceeding the norm of the pesticide chlorpyrifos. They do this in consultation with the Federal Agency for the safety of the food chain (FASFC). Albert Heijn has a curly lettuce blend and arugula blend, Carrefour has four head lettuce products and a soft lettuce mix, and Colruyt has oak leaf lettuce. Customers are asked not to eat the product and return it. Chlorpyrifos only causes health problems if it is consumed in large quantities, it is stated in…

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Belgium repatriates six Islamic State wives, sixteen children

Belgium repatriates six Islamic State wives, sixteen children

Belgium has repatriated six IS women and sixteen children from Syria. This is confirmed by the Belgian government. The women went straight to prison, because of their ties to the genocidal terrorist organization. The children, all under the age of twelve, are taken care of by the Youth Department. Parliamentarian Koen Metsu of the right-wing NV-A is critical of the repatriation of IS women. “This government is playing with our security,” he said. This is not the first time that Belgium has taken back IS women and children. Last year,…

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