Even if we have now entered a phase of deconfinement, the centres for asylum seekers keep applying strict prevention and hygiene measures (for both the staff and the residents) - including the use of face masks when it is impossible to respect a safe distance.
Fedasil is preparing a gradual relaxation of the confinement measures, while constantly monitoring the situation.
These measures concern, for example, the transfers of asylum seekers between centres, the outflow of people who obtained a refugee status, the accompaniment of people who want to return voluntarily to their country, etc.
At the same time, the asylum authorities (Immigration Office, CGRS) have resumed the auditions as part of the asylum procedure. The registration of new applications by the Immigration Office still remains limited and is only possible by making an appointment via an online registration form.
As a reminder, anyone who has registered their asylum application in our arrival centre in Brussels is tested for Covid-19. After a stay of minimum 7 days in the arrival centre, and only if the person shows no symptom of the disease, the asylum seeker is sent to a regular reception centre.
If one resident from one of our reception centres tests positive for Covid-19 or if he/she shows symptoms of the disease, this person moves to an isolation room provided for that purpose in the centre. The sick person (and possibly the whole family) stays isolated until full recovery.
Sensitize the residents
The different measures are told repeatedly to our asylum seekers via posters and multilingual brochures, but also via our information website (in 12 languages) www.fedasilinfo.be that is up-to-date with the latest regulations.
Most asylum seekers have understood the importance of respecting the instructions. If one of our residents does not respect the social distancing or hygiene measures, the centre direction takes the necessary disciplinary measures.
It must be noted that today, the medical situation in the 79 reception centres of the country stays under control. The medical follow-up and the preventive measures made it possible to minimize the number of infected people in the centres.