In 2021, Belgium counted 25,971 asylum applications, most of which were submitted by people from Afghanistan, Syria and Palestine. In the same year, 10,093 people were recognised as refugees or received subsidiary protection.

UNHCR’s work in Belgium focuses on supporting authorities and organisations working with refugees, asylum seekers and stateless persons. We seek to ensure that legislation, procedures, policies, and practices align with international protection standards. In addition, UNHCR runs awareness campaigns targeted at the general public to shine a light on the situation of refugees in Belgium and around the globe. The UNHCR office was established in Brussels in 1952 - only one year after the Refugee Convention came into force.

For information about our work in Belgium:

Contact Information

UNHCR Representation for EU Affairs, Belgium, Luxembourg

Street Address:
Avenue Louise 283, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium, Belgium

Mailing Address:
Avenue Louise 283, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium, Belgium, Belgium

+32 02 627 5999

[email protected]

Time Zone:
GMT + 1

Public Holidays:
03 January 2022, New Year's Day
15 April 2022, Good Friday
18 April 2022, Easter Monday
02 May 2022, Eid al-Fitr
08 July 2022, Eid al-Adha
21 July 2022, Belgian National Day
15 August 2022, Assumption Day
01 November 2022, All Saints' Day
26 December 2022, Christmas Day

Note: for enquiries related to individual cases and protection issues: Due to measures relating to the Corona virus, we are not able to receive you at our office until further notice (even if you already have an appointment). Meanwhile, you may reach us via: - Email: [email protected] - Mobile: +32 (0) 472 18 92 65 - We are reachable every Tuesday from 9.30h to 12.30h and every Thursday from 13.30h to 16.30h.