Illegal or undocumented immigrant: person who does not have a residence permit that is valid in the country where he/she is staying, and who is staying there without authorisation to do so, either because he/she entered the country illegally or because he/she entered legally and became illegal afterwards.
Immigration Department: authority that supports the competent Minister in the management of the migration policy, i.e. in the matter regulated by the Act of 1980 (access to the territory, residence, establishment and removal of foreigners). In the framework of the asylum procedure the Immigration Department is responsible for the registration of asylum applications, as well as for the preliminary examinations, such as the ‘ Dublin examination’ and the ‘examination of multiple applications’, whose purpose it is to determine whether the Belgian State will consider the application.
Interview: point in the procedure where the CGRS interviews the asylum seeker on the reasons that have led him/her to flee his/her country in order to demonstrate the existence of a well-founded fear of persecution or a real risk of serious harm.
Interview report: document in which the CGRS caseworker notes down the asylum seeker’s statements during the interview.
Invitation: document inviting the asylum seeker for an interview.
IOM (International Organization for Migration): inter-governmental organization that works for orderly and humane migration circumstances. One of its tasks is to offer humanitarian aid to migrants in distress. Among other things, it enables asylum seekers to receive help with their return, e.g. by giving them a plane ticket and assuring them that their country of origin will not be informed of the reasons for their stay in Belgium. IOM Belgium has set up the ‘REAB programme’ (Return and Emigration of Asylum Seekers ex-Belgium), a humanitarian programme that helps migrants who want to return from Belgium to their countries of origin or emigrate to another country and who do not have the necessary means to do so.