Hotel asylum seekers in Brussels top a thousand
Last week a thousand asylum seekers were being accommodated in hotel rooms in Brussels because of a lack of available space for them.
Fedasil, the government agency responsible for providing accommodation for asylum seekers, was unable to put them up in reception centres.
At the end of last month the Federal Government took measures to ease the situation, creating extra accommodation in former police and army bases, but this action seems to have failed to solve the problem.
Most of these places are not ready yet. Meanwhile the number of asylum seekers continues to rise.
Last month there were 1300 new applications. This is 300 more than the previous month.
Accommodation for one asylum seeker in a Brussels hotel costs the Belgian taxpayer EUR 36 a day. The total bill now stands at EUR 250,000 a week.