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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Belgium: Asylum seekers in protest against surprise expulsions

From Expatica:

Asylum seekers across Belgium protested on Tuesday against surprise deportations being carried out by Belgian immigration authorities.

In Brussels, some 100 protestors demonstrated outside the refugee shelter Klein Kasteeltje, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported on Wednesday. Asylum seekers have also stopped sleeping at the Brussels refugee centre.

The residents claim that more than 60 refugees with appeals still pending with the Council of State have been deported from other refugee centres since the start of August.

And some 50 asylum seekers staying at the refugee shelter in Jumet sought sanctuary in the Saint-Christophe basilica in Charleroi on

Among the asylum seekers seeking refuge were children, including a baby just several weeks old
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