Residency granted without application
9 June 2006, BRUSSELS — The chief of the Belgian immigration service DVZ-OE admitted on Friday that former hunger striker Ali Guissé was given residency despite the fact he never lodged an application.
9 June 2006
BRUSSELS — The chief of the Belgian immigration service DVZ-OE admitted on Friday that former hunger striker Ali Guissé was given residency despite the fact he never lodged an application.
"But an application for regularisation by him and the rest of the group of [church] occupiers was implicitly made," DVZ-OE chief Freddy Roosemont said.
Newspaper 'De Standaard' reported earlier on Friday that Guissé had been regularised despite the fact he didn't lodge an application. He was already in an asylums procedure, but that is a separate procedure.
Guissé, the spokesman of an organisation that co-ordinates church sit-in protests, told his story to the Flemish newspaper to expose the allegedly arbitrary manner in which Interior Minister Patrick Dewael operates.
But the minister's spokesman, Jo De Ro, maintained on Friday that the DVZ-OE follows clear and existing criteria, news agency Belga reported.
He said the medical condition of a candidate, the length of their immigration procedure and humanitarian reasons are taken into account when a decision about regularisation is made.
However, Flemish green party Groen! said Minister Dewael's actions reveal a "total arbitrary" policy. It repeated its demand for clear regularisation criteria to be drawn up.
"Just a couple months ago, Patrick Dewael complained about a moral dilemma. We now know where that moral dilemma came from," Groen! deputy leader Tinne Van der Straeten said.
"Due to a lack of clear regularisation criteria, it appears that people without papers need to draw lots."
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news