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'Facts about Belgium' site aims to inform new migrants
The Foreigners Office has launched a campaign to discourage migrants from seeking asylum in the country.
A website, www.factsaboutbelgium.be, aims to tackle some misconceptions and address what life is like for people seeking asylum in Brussels. There is also a Facebook campaign that targets specific groups of people, such as Palestinians and Moroccans.
The Foreign Office said the statements were meant to counter rumours and false information that is spread on social networks that may convince people to leave their home countries for Belgium.
The site includes answers to questions such as: "Can I easily build a life in Belgium?"
One answer reads: "Life in Belgium is not so easy. As an example: in order to lead a comfortable life, both parents have to work."