Organisations

The following organisations are involved in implementing the Belgian resettlement programme:

The Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons (CGRS)

  • Coordinates the selection and transfer of refugees to be resettled in Belgium.
  • Prepares and screens cases based on the UNHCR's registration forms. 
  • Organises selection missions including the interviewing of resettlement candidates by protection officers or on a case basis.
  • Examines credibility and protection requirements. 
  • Issues selection notifications to the Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration.
  • In partnership with the IOM, monitors the transfer of resettled refugees. 
  • Officially recognises refugee status in Belgium and processes documentation.

The Federal Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (Fedasil)

  • Coordinates the transfer of refugees to be resettled in Belgium in partnership with the IOM.
  • Coordinates reception and the support to integrate refugees to be resettled. 
  • Cultural orientation by Fedasil employees in preparation for the reception and integration of the parties concerned after their arrival in Belgium.
  • In partnership with the IOM, carries out the initial medical screening prior to arriving in Belgium. 
  • Provides first reception in a reception centre on arrival in Belgium. 
  • Coordinates the move from collective reception facilities to settlement in the municipalities and coordinates the Public Social Welfare Centres and NGOs responsible for supporting the integration of refugees to be resettled. 
  • Monitors and evaluates the path to integration.

The Foreigners' Office (FO) 

  • Issues travel documents to refugees to be resettled. 
  • Handles cross-border formalities on arriving in Belgium. 
  • Official registration of the asylum application in Belgium.

FPS Foreign affairs and Embassies

  • Help to organise selection missions and cultural orientation. 
  • Liaise with other countries that carry out resettlement projects in the region. 
  • Issue travel documents.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

  • Registers refugees in the region. 
  • Refers resettlement cases to Belgium. 
  • Facilitates the selection mission, particularly by providing interview premises and interpreters.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM)

  • Carries out medical examinations in partnership with Fedasil. 
  • Travel documents: coordination with the regional UNHCR offices and embassies (travel documents). 
  • Provides accompaniment and support on departure.
  • Transfers refugees to be resettled to Belgium (flight and accompaniment in transit zones and on arrival).

Public Social Welfare Centres and partner NGOs

  • Early supply of accommodation for resettled refugees for the post-reception phase.
  • Settlement support.
  • Continued social assistance for 12 months.
  • Integration support within existing support services for newly arrived asylum seekers and general support with integration procedures for resettled refugees.