Controversial searches find unregistered families

7th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

7 March 2006, BRUSSELS — During the first three months of Antwerp's controversial door-to-door city searches, city council authorities visited 268 families at 78 premises.

7 March 2006

BRUSSELS — During the first three months of Antwerp's controversial door-to-door city searches, city council authorities visited 268 families at 78 premises.

Of the 268 families visited, 33 or 12 percent were not registered with council authorities and 40 families (15 percent) refused permission for authorities to enter their home.

The figures were made public by Antwerp Safety Alderman Dirk Grootjans as he released an interim evaluation report of the city council's inspection project X-Stra! which is part of the City Safe plan.

Despite initial criticism that the city was violating privacy laws, Antwerp pushed through plans last year allowing inspection teams to conduct door-to-door searches in several problem streets in Antwerp North.

The project was designed to give the city council greater insight into the living, social and employment conditions in disadvantaged city districts.

Inspections started in the Dambruggestraat and just 35 percent of families visited in the street were able to autonomously maintain their household.

A majority were living on social security, either in the form of a pension or unemployment benefits.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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