Controversial new bill on “visitation rights” among undocumented migrants

Sammy Mahdi, Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration (CD&V) tabled a bill on the federal government’s table this Friday.

Ua legal ban on the detention of deported children, a mandatory coronavirus test for those staying illegally and a less rigid law on residence permits: Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration Sammy Mahdi (CD&V) tabled a bill on the federal government table this Friday. But in order to reach an agreement, he will first have to succeed in bringing together the right and the left, write Het Laatste Nieuws and De Morgen on Friday.

The most controversial part of the proposal that is on the table relates to “visiting rights”, that is, what would allow the police to enter a house where undocumented migrants are staying who stubbornly refuse to leave the territory. This law was already buried a few years ago because it was too sensitive for francophones. Today Sammy Mahdi is trying again – but with softer contours.

For example, this law should only be used for the small minority who are at the end of the procedure, but who have already clearly refused to leave. The country of origin must also fully agree to receive the illegally staying person again.


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