“Giving in to such actions gives the message to anyone who receives the order to leave the territory that they must not follow it up and that they just have to wait long enough in an illegal stay,” said Mr. Mahdi (CD&V) in a press release.
“The response to a regularization will never be positive for everyone and it will always be difficult for those whose application is unsuccessful. I want to support people who receive a negative response and work on their future in their country of origin”, he added.
The hunger strike began on May 23. In addition to the 140 people at the ULB site, 76 others are in the refectory of the VUB and nearly 250 at the Béguinage church.
“It is dangerous for their health and it can have serious consequences in the long term. I therefore continue to urge them to end their hunger strike. It will not help their concrete situation,” said Sammy Mahdi, who says he is staying. open to dialogue.
But in his eyes, “regularization is an exceptional procedure and must remain so.” He insisted on the need to treat each case individually “because each situation is different”. “The decision to collectively depart from the rules and grant papers to people who have been staying here illegally for years amounts to a collective erosion of the right to international protection and of existing legal migration channels.”
The Secretary of State said he understood “the frustration of many undocumented migrants who believe that the processing of their individual requests for regularization is taking too long”. He advocates a shortening of the processing of cases. “This is why this government is investing in asylum and migration policy and in additional staff, including at the Immigration Office.”
In his view, the regularization operations of 2000 and 2009 did not improve the situation on the ground. “Every ten years there is a new generation that has been here long enough and is asking for regularization. This means that people can stay here irregularly for a very long time and are not being followed enough. do better in this area. A policy based on continuous, sustained and close support in which no one is left to their fate. “
On Monday, the occupation of undocumented migrants in the ULB refectory on the La Plaine campus in Ixelles was extended by one month, the university announced after a meeting with representatives of occupants. The rector Annemie Schaus proposed in the afternoon to the academic council a motion of support for the demands of undocumented migrants, which was unanimously approved.