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1 March 2014
Belgium wants poor Europeans to leave

Belgium is dumping "poor" Dutch people. A growing number of Dutch are summoned to leave Belgium because they are burdening the social welfare system. And the Dutch are not the only ones. Belgium is increasingly withdrawing residence permits from European citizens. Last year in total 2.712 lost their Belgian permit.


Earlier this month the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant reports about Belgium dumping "poor" Dutch people. A growing number of Dutch are summoned to leave Belgium because they are burdening the for social welfare system. Although the Dutch cannot be thrown out, they receive a message that they have to leave Belgium within thirty days.

 

And the Dutch are not the only ones. Belgium is increasingly withdrawing residence permits from European citizens. Last year in total 2.712 lost their Belgian permit. Also requests for residence permits are checked far more thoroughly to fight misuse of social services. According to a spokesperson the system did not get stricter, they just do more precise controls. This should not be violating the European free movement of persons. The spokesperson: ‘The European directive is free movement of people, not that people go shopping in social service systems. Belgium cannot afford that.’ 

 

In De Volkskrant a Dutch person that emigrated to Antwerp tells his story. He had the idea that Europeans can live where ever they want in Europe and that does not seems to be the case. He also states that the Belgium procedures and system is full of contradictions and conflicts and very bureaucratic. An example: If one wants to request a residence permit, one needs health insurance, but the insurer only wants to register when one has a permit. The Dutchman is a translator from Dutch to English and has enough income and never request or received social security. That’s why he went into appeal.




 

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