Category: Migration policy

Some scheming by the Immigration Office: 21/10/2018 and testimony

A reminder to hosts and visitors of the closed centre: When peopole who are undocumented or in exile disappear or are arrested during one of several raids, it takes 24 to 48 hours to know whether the Immigration office has … Continue reading

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Suicide in closed centre in Vottem: : Gathering on 13/10 2018 : Update

Update 10/10/2018 Mr Gebre Mariam, who committed suicide at the Vottem closed centre on 9 October 2018 had obtained asylum in Bulgaria. He had been threatened with an axe there and absolutely didn’t want to go back to that country. … Continue reading

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September 2018: Francken and his carrousel

05/10/2018 Following the decision that Francken would deal with ‘serious transmigration phenomena’, a lot of people retained in centres for sometimes a year have been released to leave space to new people arrested. Those releases were followed by raids in … Continue reading

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Update 27/09/2018 / worth reading if one of your friendshas been arrested

Update 27/09/2018 / WORTH READING IF ONE OF YOUR FRIENDS HAS BEEN ARRESTED Arrests have been happening at a fast pace lately. They are being arrested by dozens, night and day. We count a lot of releases too. It is … Continue reading

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23 September 2018 – Closed centere 127bis – 20 years of resistance against deportation and closed centeres

Because Europe kills every day. Because seas, mountains and deserts became mass graves right in front of us. Because safety, militarisation of the borders and confinement are the only answers states give to women, men and children who are trying … Continue reading

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In Belgium too people die on migratory routes 14/09/2018

Repression, arrests, mistreatments, racketeering, deportations: these are part of the current messages on FB and elsewhere Forgetting the dead. Migrants’ hunting, be it by the police forces or by smugglers, the desperate acts of migrants to flee this repression and … Continue reading

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When the hell are we going to act? Tortures, deportations, repression.

Tortures at the 127bis closed centre On 23/08/2018 H had an argument with a guardian concerning the food they get at the 127bis closed centre. He was placed in confinement. The day after, several guardians came to his cell. He … Continue reading

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In Charleroi Airport, passengers stopped a deportation. UPDATE: Deported!

Update 18/08/2018:On Sunday Aug 12, 2018 at 10 am, Mr. A was locked up before undergoing a fourth –and this time effective – attempt at expulsion to Algiers on a TUI flight from Charleroi. This was carried out by the … Continue reading

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Testimony received from hosts : 05/08/2018

Over the past few days, we have received accounts of arrests or of calls for help, Please keep on sending your testimonies on gettingthevoiceout@riseup.net We won’t be able to say that we didn’t know! 6 minors in danger in Antwerp … Continue reading

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Communicating vessels. Overview 15/07/2018

For 10 who go to Great Britain, for 10 who get arrested and retained by the Foreigners Office, 20 others arrive to the North Station. They are communicating vessels! It is the law of supply and demand in this capitalist … Continue reading

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Information for the hosts/friends/families in case a migrant friend is missing.Update

Update 27/09/2018 / WORTH READING IF ONE OF YOUR FRIENDS HAS BEEN ARRESTED Arrests have been happening at a fast pace lately. They are being arrested by dozens, night and day. We count a lot of releases too. It is … Continue reading

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Mass arrests and news from the closed centres 26/05/2018

The Office is filling hundreds of places in our camps called closed centres; places that had been made available on the occasion of the raids announced at the North Station and in Parc Maximilien. After the mobilisation of the platform … Continue reading

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Closed centres, our camps for migrants May 2018

The administrative detention of migrants (foreigners without residence permits considered as valid) entered into force in 1988 in Belgium. Since then, the multiplication of this type of space is more than obvious at the border because in 1988 there were … Continue reading

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The hosts, their guests and the decision-makers 10/05/2018.

Since the end of December 2017, the hosts of the citizens’ platform regularly call Gettinthevoiceout and Stopdeportations to warn them of the disparition of one of their guest(s). Most are declared Sudanese, Eritreans or Ethiopians. Since 27/12/2017 and until 09/05/2018, … Continue reading

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127 bis en Caricole: repression and resistance

  Before the Steenrock Festival on 5 May : Repression and Resistance at the Caricole and at the 127 bis closed centres! Retainees are warning us! 29/04 : An Iraqi-Kurdish man retained in the 127 bis closed centre started a … Continue reading

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Death at the border on 22/03/2018

On 21st of March, a 22 year old man died at the port of Zeebrugge as he tried to reach the UK. He was stuck between 2 containers and died instantly. This is the fifth known death since July 2017 … Continue reading

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Raids, releases,deportations : news 14/03/2018

For a few weeks, raids on parkings and in stations all around Belgium are ongoing again. Several hosts contact us to warn us of the arrest, often violent, and/of the retention in closed centres of one of their guests. Very … Continue reading

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New visit by a Sudanese delegation in the closed centres ?

New visit by a Sudanese delegation in the closed centres! Urgent 26/02/2018 : Call by a Sudanese man retained in Merksplas closed centre to a host. “The social assistant warned me that ‘a meeting will take place on 27 February … Continue reading

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Arrests and deportations – Update

Update 10/02/2012 : Arrests are ongoing and lately the favorite targets of the Foreigners Office are minors and women. According to several testimonies by hosts who look for their guests in the centres, the information is not given anymore by … Continue reading

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« Freedom of movement and establishment for ALL» ?????????

24/01/2018 : Lots of raids have taken place in parkings and train stations in the whole country over the last weeks. Some migrants are released with an order to leave the territory, others (among whom a lot of minors) are … Continue reading

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Fallen into oblivion in our ‘law-abiding’ state – Appeal to all!

14/01/2018: It seems that the federal police have launched a migrants’ hunting in the whole country, determined to ‘clean’ all the country: arrests in the stations, parkings and trains the last days. Many hosts are calling us to report missing … Continue reading

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The Office des étrangers in counterattack !

The fast intervention team of the Office des étrangers at work On the 25th of December 2017 around noon : a host brings back two migrants to Brussels. The federal police holds an alcohol control on the highway E40 at … Continue reading

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Call from a detention centre: “Torture in Sudan you say? What about here?”

22/12/2017 “Does the Schengen Area still exist?” The persons detained in the Merkplas detention centre are very angry. A man was recently brought to the detention centre even if he had a valid residence permit in France. It is definitely … Continue reading

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The hunt for migrants in transit goes on

14/11/2017: The hunt for migrants in transit goes on in all the country. Every day we get alerts by hosts who lost their guests, their main worry being that they get arrested, retained and expatriated. Controls and arrests continue but … Continue reading

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HOW TO PREVENT A DEPORTATION

HOW TO PREVENT A DEPORTATION If you have contacts with retainees in a closed centre who risk being deported: Try to know: – if it is the first time they are being brought to the airport – what is the … Continue reading

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ILLEGAL MASSIVE DEPORTATION ATTEMPTS TO SUDAN

ILLEGAL MASSIVE DEPORTATION ATTEMPTS TO SUDAN: Francken persists in his manner CALL TO RALLY THIS THURSDAY 12 OCTOBER 2017 at 5.30 pm in front of the Office des étrangers: FREE THEM ALL, DEPORT FRANCKEN AND MICHEL! Hour after hour, news … Continue reading

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Children are the first victims of imprisonments and deportations!

03/10/2017 Every day, families are being broken by the Foreigners Office that retains fathers and mothers, separating them form their children, sometimes newborns, and does not hestitate to deport the parent to the “country of origin”, on the pretext of … Continue reading

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They are really trapping the Sudanese

29/09/2017 Since the mass arrestations in the Maximilien park and in the North Station, we had a lot of difficulties to get in touch with the hundred people arrested and retained in the closed centre. According to the information we … Continue reading

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Maximilien: Hunger strike at the 127 bis and “Call for air” – Update

Update 17/09/2017: The people who were arrested daily over the last weeks by the police in Maximilien parc, its surroundings and in the North Station are still many to be retained in closed centres. It remains very complicated to spot … Continue reading

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“We don’t want any Calais in Brussels”

Despite the  militarisation of the European borders and the construction of walls and barbed wire, thousands of migrants still want to reach Europe. Since 2015, the politicians have been speaking of “migrants crisis”, of “asylum crisis”, of the management of … Continue reading

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More than 20 Sudanese and Somalis in our closed centres

05/08/2017: Francken discovered two countries he didn’t know: Sudan and Somalia. Since almost a year, migrants – mainly Sudanese and Eritreans, have been sleeping in the Maximilien Parc in Brussels. Associations and volunteers try to provide them with food and … Continue reading

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Construction of three new detention centres in Belgium

05/08/2017: Mid May 2017 the Council of Ministers have approved a masterplan “Detention centres for illegal residents”. The masterplan provides a big extension of the existing return capacity and the creation of three new dentention centres. “With this masterplan we … Continue reading

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“To them we are not human beings, just animals to be crushed”

17/07/2017 Call from Bruges: “Who can we turn to, Miss?” Sleepplace and lifeplace closed centre Brugge 2016 Fifteen days ago, around forty people made a written request to the direction. Two representatives of the group met the direction. Thy asked … Continue reading

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‘here is the plumber, there is a leak in the house’

17/06/2017 Violence strikes again: married and repelled He is Iraqi and he benefits from the subsidiary protection. She is from Morocco. They got married then years ago and they were living in Iraq from where they fled in 2013. In … Continue reading

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Sunday 11th of June – let’s all meet at the airport to prevent 2 forced expulsions to Africa!

Be it a proved asylum seeker or the father of two small kids, the Foreigners Office is persisting. Two escorts will operate, with their well-knwon violence, at the same time at Zaventem airport, to  forcibly embark two persons on two … Continue reading

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Yassine was deported and arrived to Casablanca on 31st of May 2017

He was able to give us a brief phone call when arriving to Casablanca. He explained to us that he went through serious violence when boarding, he was tied and handcuffed like for every forced deportation, with systematic shots by … Continue reading

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The Caricole , the ‘golden’ prison for foreigners, is exploding! Escapes and illtreatments.

28/05/2017 Theo Francken and the Foreigners Office announced the opening of 3 new closed centres where men and women will be ‘administratively’ locked down, with the congratulations of the different parties that manage the residence and migration of foreigners with … Continue reading

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Let’s prevent the deportation of a ‘criminal’ father, this 21th of May 2017

Update : We were several at the airport, including the lawyer and one parliamentarian, to talk to the passengers. We heard that the deportation of Mahmadou had been cancelled because, so they told him, there was “no escort available”. It’s … Continue reading

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Steenrock inside the closed centres

14/05/2017 CENSORSHIP AND REPRESSION The annual Steenrock festival 2017 took place on 06/05/2017 in front of the Steenokkerzeel closed centre to protest against imprisonments and deportation, with concerts, public speaking, demonstration in front of the fences of the centre, testimonies … Continue reading

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Gathering at the Foreigners Office on 10 April 2017 10/04

NO to  the arrests of the undocument people Theo Francken on the attack: the arrests seem more and more to target undocumented activists. Info: http://www.gettingthevoiceout.org/loffice-des-etrangers-belgian-immigration-service-the-border-guard-of-europe/ THE FIGHT GOES ON… SOLIDARITY… WE WILL NOT LET IT HAPPEN! Gathering at the Foreigners … Continue reading

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Endless deportations and torture of an asylum seeker

22/03/2017: He arrives in Belgium  early December 2016 and asks for asylum, being persecuted in his country, Sierra Leone, as a Christian. He is transferred to the closed Caricole center. The CGRA does not believe his story and the Foriegn … Continue reading

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L’Office des étrangers (Belgian Immigration Service): The border guard of Europe?

27/02/2017: Little Belgium has a Secretary of State for migration, Mr Theo Francken, and an Immigration Service (the Office des Étrangers or OE), which follows his orders. The OE is the key institution with regard to the exclusion and deportation … Continue reading

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Detention, an essential communication tool

As long as the centres are saturated, it’s OK, the maximum turnover is being assured and the detention statistics climb ! Detention often lasts several months and is accompanied by blackmail, physical and / or psychological pressure. This in order … Continue reading

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Embassies tours, sometimes it’s like playing Russian roulette

To evict you need a pass from the embassy of the country of destination. The Office put in every effort to achieve this, always contempt for man and woman, sometimes in defiance of the law (the law is the law” … Continue reading

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Asylum: legal proceedings to be limited, reduced and atrophied: 01/01/2014

The Foreigners’ Office is the one that “registers the application and makes a few screenings ” before even handing the case over to the CGRA (Commissariat général aux réfugiés et apatrides – Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons). It … Continue reading

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Mass arrests 1/1/2014

Arrests take place at all possible stages of the migrants’  journey without any coherence nor ethics, because it increases the figures! – The negative results of the regularisation campaign of 2009 fall daily.  People who introduced a regularisation request are … Continue reading

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Dublin 2 proceeding : 01/01/2014

Dublin procedure seems to be used indiscriminately by the Office des étrangers to prevent new claims and increase the number of evictions , but more curiously to increase figures of confinements ! During this procedure,e the refugee will be assisted … Continue reading

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Evictions : an aim in itself, a symbol sent to electors:

01/01/2014: Deport at any price just to increase the numbers! Evictions are daily and become more commonplace in the centres : ” Soon it will be my turn madame.” Many prisonners, after several months of detention and legal struggle comply … Continue reading

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Collective deportations : an industrial view of deportation , as carried out by Maggie by Europe ( Frontex):

 On the 21st of November 2013, a collective deportation to Eastern Europe took place. A dozen people were taken to the detention centre 127bis in the late evening and put in detention . Very early in the next morning, they … Continue reading

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Orders to leave the territory (OQT) atall-will: 01/01/2014

When the centres are full and deportations are accelerated to their limits, how otherwise make increase the figures wonders Maggie ? A three-letter solution (voters, like dogs, remember short names easily) , that’s good: OQT. Order to leave the territory. … Continue reading

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