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“150,000 undocumented people ready to work”: for this Ecolo MP, the thousands of vacant positions can find takers

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Simon Moutquin, Ecolo federal deputy, was Antonio Solimando’s guest on Bel RTL. In particular, he returned to the situation of young asylum seekers in our country.

A few days ago, the Ecolo-Groen group in the Chamber asked the Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration, Nicole de Moor, to implement emergency measures to prevent minors from having to sleep in the street. The day before, Fedasil, the Federal Agency for the reception of asylum seekers, affirmed that there is no longer any place for unaccompanied minors. “It’s a shame for this government. It’s a shame to let children sleep in the street and it’s unacceptable in relation to the government agreement which is a fair and humane migration policy. Letting a child sleep in the street is not human or fair in terms of rights”, he exclaimed.

Before adding: “Unfortunately, as is often the case in the migration debate, there are ideological and not technical blockages. Opening up hotel places for people on the street is human. Maybe it does not please not to certain parties who fear a rise of the far right, but it is a humane solution”.

There is quite a possibility of immigration to Belgium

The federal deputy explained that within the Belgian reception centres, there are “20% Afghans”. “We cannot send Afghans back to the country of the Taliban. We will not do it, whatever the decision regarding their status. We must be able to give them a temporary residence permit in relation to certain people”he hammered at the microphone of Antonio Solimando.

However, the government’s policy is to be able to return a certain number of rejected asylum seekers. Does this mean that no more immigration is possible in Belgium? MP Simon Moutquin has a clear opinion on the matter: “There is quite a possibility of immigration to Belgium”.

It’s ridiculous to put in place an economic migration policy

MP Ecolo notably returned to the remarks made by Bart Steukers, the boss of Agoria, the federation of technology companies last Wednesday. The latter believed that there had never been so many job offers that do not find takers in the technology business sector in Belgium. “When our airports no longer have baggage handlers, when our brewers no longer know how to brew beer because we no longer have enough staff, we have to go back to logic. We have 100 to 150,000 undocumented people who live in Belgium and who are ready to work. It is ridiculous to put in place an economic migration policy when the workers are here and live in inhuman situations, without rights”, he justified.