Safe countries of origin

Belgium has established a list of safe countries of origin. There is a specific (fast-track) procedure with the CGRS and the Immigration office for persons coming from a safe country of origin. The following countries are currently considered as safe countries of origin: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, FYROM, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, India and Georgia.


Child allowance

In Flanders 'Groeipakket' ('growth package'). A contribution towards the costs of raising children up to the age of 18. The amount depends on the age and place of residence of the child.


A proxy is a written authorisation in which you authorise someone to perform (legal) actions on your behalf.

Social support

If you are unable to live a dignified life, you can ask social support provided by the CPAS/OCMW. This can be, for example, financial support or CPAS/OCMW employment. In some cases, social support is limited to emergency medical assistance.


Centre for general welfare work. The CAW offers professional help to people with problems. Together with you, counsellors will look for the possibilities that you have in and around you. They can also refer you to other services.


International Organization for Migration. The IOM provides humane and orderly migration management and promotes international cooperation on migration issues. The IOM helps find practical solutions and provides humane assistance to migrants in need.


The Office of the Commissioner-General for Refugees and Stateless Persons. The CGRS is an independent Belgian federal institution that examines every application for international protection individually and without prejudice. 


Political system in which the head of state is a King or Queen.


Compulsory contribution from citizens and/or companies to the government. Tax is used to finance services to the public (health care, unemployment benefit, etc.). 

Unemployment benefit

Financial support for someone looking for work.