Belgium's Immigration Office has been urging municipalities to strip Belgian nationality from children born to Palestinian parents. Predominantly affecting Antwerp, but also regions including Liège, the Brussels-Capital Region, and East Flanders, this development has been prominently spotlighted by Julien Wolsey, president of the Association for the Right of Foreigners.
Municipalities Comply with Immigration Office's Recommendations
Since August, escalating notably in October, numerous municipalities have acceded to the Immigration Office's recommendations. The Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration, Nicole de Moor's office (CD&V), however, denies any correlation with the renewed Israeli-Palestinian conflict, justifying the letters as a means to tackle the issue of Palestinians having children in Belgium to secure Belgian nationality for family reunification purposes.
Legal Scandal or Migration Control?
Wolsey has vehemently criticized these actions, labeling them a legal scandal. According to him, the Immigration Office has overstepped its bounds, as it lacks the jurisdiction to dictate nationality matters to municipalities. As this story unfolds, the implications for the affected children and their families remain to be seen, igniting a debate on the intersection of legality, nationality, and human rights.