International protection

Under the Law of 15 December 1980 and the Royal Decree of 8 October 1981 on access to the territory, stay, establishment and removal of foreigners, the IO is responsible for:

  • registering and submitting all applications for international protection lodged within Belgian territory and at the border;
  • taking fingerprints of applicants for international protection;
  • determining the State responsible for processing the application for international protection ("Dublin" Regulation).

Below you can find the statistics produced by the IO in this context: