Internal restructuring
Région Bruxelles-Capitale / Brussels Hoofdstedelijke Gewest;
Location of affected unit(s)
Public Administration And Defence
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Administration Of The State And The Economic And Social Policy Of The Community
84.1 - Administration of the State and the economic and social policy of the community

170 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
2 October 2017
Employment effect (start)
1 November 2017
Foreseen end date


The Flemish government agency for integration has announced the dismissal of 170 employees. According to the management the reason behind the sudden dismissals is the decrease in the number of asylum applications that have to be processed and the merger between several regional entities. The agency has been responsible for implementing integration policy in Flanders and helps local authorities with legal advice, translation / interpretation etc. It took on many new staff to deal with asylum applications in 2016 during the 'migrant crisis'. 

The management states it will cooperate with the unions in order to provide the best outcome for the dismissed employees. Trade union representatives are surprised by the abrupt measure and have expressed their surprise at the number of dismissals. They state they will try to reduce the number of dismissals and will wait until more concrete financial data are known before planning actions.

CD&V warns that there could be an increase in waiting time for asylum seekers and contends that a large number of them are only beginning to find their way to the appropriate services.


  • 2 October 2017: VRT Nieuws
  • 3 October 2017: De Morgen


Eurofound (2017), Agency For Integration, Internal restructuring in Belgium, factsheet number 92206, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/92206.