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POLITICO politico.eu 15 Jan, 2022 03:45 am

As Brussels church occupation ends, migrants wrestle with results – POLITICO

As Brussels church occupation ends, migrants wrestle with results – POLITICO
The vast majority of migrants who occupied the church have not received a ruling on their residency applications.

Belgian officials had agreed to accelerate consideration of the strikers’ legal residency applications.Yet the majority of occupants, past or present, have still not received an answer on their residency applications.Of the 442 residency applications, the government has made a decision on 79, involving 93 people, according to figures from the office of Sammy Mahdi, Belgium’s top migration official.“We are already here, in the church, and there are only negative decisions [on residency applications].

” Those who worked with the church during the occupation say that during the protest, it was acceptable to have people living in subpar conditions — it was part of the political action.“For a political action, it’s okay to have circumstances that are beyond the norm,” said Naessens.

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