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Burundian Asylum seekers overwhelm reception centers in Belgium

The Belgian Authorities have said the number of Burundian asylum seekers arriving in Belgium through Serbia have drastically increased, hereby overwhelming reception centers.

Reports from the BBC says hundreds of Burundians are reportedly sleeping on roads and public parks in Brussels as they wait to be processed.

One of Belgium’s residents from Burundi, offering basic needs to her compatriots, Josephine Nkunzimana said ”the journey was exhausting as they had to cross more than five countries to arrive here”.

According to La Libre Belgique, a Belgian newspaper, the Belgian authorities have recorded 263 asylum seekers from Burundi in July, up from just 34 in May and 112 in June, a figure which is eight times more than the previous three months.

Burundi, a former Belgian colony, is the poorest country in the world according to the World Bank’s GDP per capita report.

Most travelers are young people seeking a better life abroad with Belgium giving them hope as 96% of the Burundian asylum cases were accepted last year.

Writing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu