The past four months, the government has spent a total 205,250 euro's in penalties to pay for asylum seekers for whom the government had found no place to sleep. For more than two thousand asylum seekers, including 760 children, starting in October, there was no place in the hotel or in a regular center.
Since November 55 asylum seekers walked into the court because the government provided no roof above them cope. The court ruled in their favor, condemning the government to penalties of 500 euro's per day per person. The past four months the federal government had to pay 205,250 euro's for these 'homeless' applicants.
43 of these applicants are newcomers whom are requesting asylum for the first time in Belgium, four persons had a previous application, two families stayed here illegally. Payment of the penalty is done through their lawyers, the money comes from savings that Fedasil, had put aside for legal disputes. If the applicants after conviction offered a place to stay and not accept the offer, the penalties are no longer paid.
(translated with help of google translator, was not able to find English article)
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