A tent camp for refugees in the EU capital

Only a few minutes by metro from the EU quarter in Brussels, a tent camp has sprung up outside the Immigration Office, sheltering refugees who haven’t been able to register their asylum claim.

Blue tents, green tents, grey tents – Brussels’ Parc Maximilien is full of tents. They are drenched from the pouring rain that has reduced the paths leading through the park to mud. These tents are now home to some 800 people from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Eritrea.

Volunteers wearing rain capes and rubber boots navigate their way between the tents on wooden planks that have been laid down to prevent people from slipping in the mud.

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(Volunteers teach French and Dutch to refugees in the ‘school tent’. Photo: A Roensberg/DW)