Rights Organization Warns Of Food Insecurity, Lack Of Shelter For Refugees In Brussels

Rights Organization Warns of Food Insecurity, Lack of Shelter for Refugees in Brussels

More than 90 percent of refugees and displaced persons in Brussels are homeless, while over 70 percent do not get enough food, the Refugee Rights Europe organization said in a report on Tuesday.

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 11th September, 2018) More than 90 percent of refugees and displaced persons in Brussels are homeless, while over 70 percent do not get enough food, the Refugee Rights Europe organization said in a report on Tuesday.

The report titled "Left In-Between: Documenting the Situation for Refugees and Displaced People in Brussels, Belgium" summarized 118 surveys conducted by Refugee Rights Europe's researchers. The data presented in the report was gathered between June 22 and June 25.

"An alarming 94% of respondents [in Brussels] reported that they were currently living in the street, the park or in the surrounding area. 7.7% reported that they were staying in accommodation centers at the time of the study," the report read.

Moreover, 72.6 percent of respondents said they did not get enough food everyday, since the majority of displaced people in Brussels relied on food distributed in the parks by local volunteer groups.

The report indicated that some of the respondents also complained about physical and verbal attacks as reasons for not feeling safe in the Belgian capital, despite the fact that the levels of citizen violence were reportedly very low in Brussels compared to other cities in Europe.

"I've been in many cities in Europe, but I feel that I have had the worst experience in Brussels. Where I sleep, people throw garbage at me from the building and say racist things," a Sudanese man was quoted as saying in the report.

Europe has been beset by a migration crisis for a few years now, with European countries, including Belgium, struggling to host migrants from the Middle East and North Africa, who leave their homes in search for a better future.

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