Film to warn refugees away from Belgium

3rd May 2006, Comments 0 comments

3 May 2006, BRUSSELS — Interior Minister Patrick Dewael has granted permission to a Congolese journalist to make a film about Congolese asylum seekers in Belgium.

3 May 2006

BRUSSELS — Interior Minister Patrick Dewael has granted permission to a Congolese journalist to make a film about Congolese asylum seekers in Belgium.

The man will be allowed to film inside an asylum seeker centre, an institution which is usually off limits for the media.

The aim of the film is to ward off Congolese people travelling to Belgium to apply for political asylum.

The film — which will be shown in the Congolese capital of Kinshasa — will feature rejected asylum seekers shortly before their deportation back to the central African nation.

But the film is expected to strike concern among human rights groups, due to concerns for the safety of the asylum seekers who feature in the film after they arrive home.

Newspaper 'Le Soir' also said the film is contradictory, given the fact it aims to show the difficulties asylum seekers face in Belgium despite the fact Belgium wants to be considered as a country with humane immigration laws.

Meanwhile, Minister Dewael will visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Thursday to discuss greater co-operation between Brussels and Kinshasa with his Congolese counterpart.

Projects earmarked for discussion involve the fight against illegal immigration.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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