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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.

Additional information

For information about our work in Belgium:


Are you a refugee or asylum-seeker in Belgium? Find information about your rights and available services on our HELP site.

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Belgium website

Visit the UNHCR Belgium websites for more information on our work in the area and the latest local news and stories. 

Belgium | Belgique (Français)

Belgium | België (Nederlands)

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Legislation and guidance

For legislation, case law and UNHCR policy relating to claims for international protection, visit Refworld.

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Office contact details

The UNHCR Regional Representative for Western Europe

Street Address:
Avenue Louise 283, B-1050 Brussels, BC, Belgium
Mailing Address:
Avenue Louise 283, B-1050 Brussels, BC, Belgium
Time Zone:
GMT + 1
Working Hours
Monday: closed
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: closed
Friday: closed
Saturday: closed
Sunday: closed
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