Belgian news in brief, 6 March 2006

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15,500 asylum seekers last year

15,500 asylum seekers last year

Some 15,500 asylum seekers entered Belgium last year, a third of whom were women, official government figures indicated on Monday. The women primarily come from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Serbia-Montenegro, Russia or Slovakia. In total, 3,500 asylum seekers were given official residence status last year.

Ski holidays end in chaos

The ski holidays of tens of thousands of Belgian residents ended in chaos over the weekend as heavy snowfalls led to traffic jams in Switzerland, southern Germany and Austria. Stranded travellers were even forced to spend the night in their cars. Consequently, large numbers of students were not expected at school on Monday as holidaymakers were still trying to make it home. However, large crowds were also reported to be enjoying the snow in the East Cantons in Belgium over the weekend.

Match-fixing suspect to be arrested

Belgian police intend to charge a Chinese businessman they suspect is the key figure in a soccer match-fixing investigation. "It is not a case of if, but when Zheyun Ye is charged we will be issuing an international warrant for his arrest," federal prosecution spokeswoman Lieve Pellens said. Ye was arrested by Belgian police as part of their investigation in November, but was later released without charge. Pellens also confirmed that five Belgian First Division clubs are under investigation.

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