Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Belgium granted political refugee status to 12,252 fo reign asylum seekers, including 214 Guineans (Conakry), who are the most numerou s among Africans who benefitted in 2008, PANA learnt from offcial sources here.
According to a report of the General Committee for the Refugees and Stateless pe ople (CGRA), Belgian authority for political asylum seekers, the Guineans are fo l lowed by the Congoleses and the Cameronians who represented five per cent and th r ee per cent of the foreigners having received the status of political refugees i n Belgium in 2008.
According to the organisation for the defence of human rights, there are in Belg ium, about 100,000 illegal migrants seeking asylum.
They come from all over the world, knowing that the greatest number come from Ru ssia (Chetchnia) and Asia (Pakistan, Afghanistan).
The illegal migrants have organised several demonstrations, claiming in vain, an operation of massive regularisation by the government.
The minister in charge of migration and asylum has not, untill now, published th e long-awaited circular which would make it possible to regularise the illegal m i grants.
The non-publication of this circular has created a saturation of the reception c entres of the asylum seekers on standby of a decision, so much so that the gover n ment was forced to create new reception facilities to shelter 500 new applicants.
The organisation for the defence of human rights promised to make the demonstrat ions in favour of illegal migrants as soon as the weather is favourable.
It is currently very cold in Belgium with temperatures oscillating between less 10 and 20 centigrade degrees.