The Albanians are coming!

Published on 27 October 2010 at 10:05

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“Belgium fears a tidal wave of Albanian asylum seekers,” announces De Morgen. The Belgian daily believes that the waiving of the visa requirement for Albanians in December will prompt a surge in the number of migrants entering the Schengen Area: “One third of the country’s population [1.3 million people] have applied for passports in order to travel to the European Union.” Belgian authorities are particularly concerned because the number of asylum seekers there already stands at four times the European average. Only Sweden and Cyprus have higher figures. Worse still, Belgium does not have a stable national government. As De Morgen explains, the problem has been exacerbated by “the total lack of a policy” on asylum, which could end in “all kinds of inhuman consequences”.

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