Nationality requirement for guards lifted

29th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 October 2007, BRUSSELS – The justice department wants to be able to hire new prison guards quickly and is scrapping the legal requirement that they hold Belgian nationality, newspaper De Morgen reports.

29 October 2007

BRUSSELS – The justice department wants to be able to hire new prison guards quickly and is scrapping the legal requirement that they hold Belgian nationality, newspaper De Morgen reports.

Usually civil servants who hold "positions that affect national interest" must have Belgian nationality. The justice department will no longer be enforcing this requirement in a strict sense. "There are prisoners of different nationalities in Belgian prisons and we want guards who can communicate with them. We are looking for people who can speak Arabic and Eastern European languages," says Jan Bogaert, personnel director for the federal justice department.

The justice department needs people of foreign origin for a great many jobs in fact. The state security service for instance is looking for Arabic speakers as well.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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