Immigration in Belgium

In this section, West selects the most up-to-date news, accompanied by regulations, data and studies on immigration and immigrants: those who, regardless of whether they have citizenship or not, live and work in a country different than the one in which they were born.

Belgium shows the easy way to repatriate immigrants


Belgium has the European record for voluntary repatriation of illegal immigrants. In 2015, it carried out 4,000, including many Afghans and Iraqis, who, after trying in vain to obtain refugee status, preferred to return ...

‘Syria’s got talent!’ refugees perform in Brussels


'Syria's got talent!' is a show that stars five asylum seekers from Syria. Between choruses and musical scores, migrant artists talked about their experience and tried to dispel some of the common stereotypes about ...

An Italian expert on terrorism speaks from Brussels


“Compared to the attacks in Paris, this time is more difficult.” Those were the first thoughts of Marco Martiniello, professor of sociology and immigration at the University of Liege, when I phoned him in ...

Muslim outsider is Mister Gay finalist


For the first time ever, one of the finalists of Mister Gay Belgium is a Muslim. Abdellah Bijat is a 22-year-old of Moroccan origin who hopes to break the taboos surrounding Islam and homosexuality ...

Helpline to call if you think your child might join Isis


A hotline has been made available to answer questions from parents worried that their child might join an Islamic extremist group. The initiative has been launched in Belgium where, after the recent attacks in ...