Freedom of movement


Country Report: Freedom of movement Last updated: 10/07/24


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Beneficiaries of international protection are allowed to freely move within Belgium. Their freedom of movement is not restricted in any way. In October 2016, the Reference Point Migration-Integration released statistics showing that recognised refugees or beneficiaries of international protection often move after their recognition.[1] Preferred destinations are major cities such as Antwerp, Brussels or Ghent, whereas Wallonia in general and smaller towns in Flanders are not among the first choices.[2]




[1] Reference Point Migration-Integration, Monitoring movements, October 2016, available in Dutch at:

[2] De Standaard, ‘Vluchtelingen vluchten weg uit Wallonië’, 3 November 2016, available in Dutch at:

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation