In 2019, Belgium counted 27,742 asylum applications, the majority of which were submitted by people from Syria, Afghanistan and Turkey. In the same year, 6719 people were recognized as refugees or received subsidiary protection.

UNHCR’s work in Belgium focuses on providing advice to asylum authorities and organizations working with refugees, asylum seekers and stateless people. We seek to ensure that legislation, asylum procedures, policies and practices are in line with international protection standards. In addition, we run 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 has been establised 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

Working Hours:
Monday: 09.00 - 18.00
Tuesday: 09.00 - 18.00
Wednesday: 09.00 - 18.00
Thursday: 09.00 - 18.00
Friday: 09.00 - 18.00

Public Holidays:
01 January 2021, New Year's Day
02 April 2021, Good Friday
05 April 2021, Easter Monday
13 May 2021, Ascension Day/Eid al-Fitr
24 May 2021, Whit Monday
20 July 2021, Eid al-Adha
21 July 2021, Belgian National Day
01 November 2021, All Saints' Day
24 December 2021, 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 Monday to Friday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.