Stowaways to apply for political asylum
2 January 2006, BRUSSELS — All of the 10 stowaways rescued from death on a container ship at Kallo in December will apply, as expected, for asylum in Belgium.
2 January 2006
BRUSSELS — All of the 10 stowaways rescued from death on a container ship at Kallo in December will apply, as expected, for asylum in Belgium.
Nine of the 10 African illegal immigrants have already applied for political asylum, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported on 29 December.
The immigration service was also expecting the 10th stowaway — who was still being treated in hospital late last month — to also apply for asylum.
Currently, the stowaways are being detained at the asylum seeker detention centre in Vottem.
The immigration service will need to decide later this month whether the Africans will come into consideration for asylum.
The 10 stowaways — eight of whom are Nigerian and two are Liberian — were found on 21 December on the car carrier Saint-Elmo at the Kallo lock near the port of Antwerp.
They had been hiding for 12 days in the ship's cramped rudder room. They were suffering from hypothermia and had gone for days without food and fresh water.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news