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Belgium: Mayor of Belgium's smallest town expresses concern as 120 refugees arrive

Belgium, Mesen
January 4, 2016 at 21:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

Around 50 refugees arrived at the Peace Village hostel in Belgium's smallest town, Mesen, on Monday. With some 70 additional refugees expected by next weekend, the town's population will increase by more than 10 percent.

Mesen comprises 1,060 inhabitants, boasting one bakery and four pubs; and was initially supposed to accommodate just four refugees. When Peace Village manager Matti Vandenmaele informed the government that his hotel would be empty for the whole month of January, authorities decided to use all available accommodation at the facility to house refugees.

Sandy Evrard, mayor of the town, expressed his worries about the fast growth of the town's population and the number of new nationalities. "We are not prepared to take in 120 refugees, we won't be able to communicate with them," Everard said on Monday.

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Around 50 refugees arrived at the Peace Village hostel in Belgium's smallest town, Mesen, on Monday. With some 70 additional refugees expected by next weekend, the town's population will increase by more than 10 percent.

Mesen comprises 1,060 inhabitants, boasting one bakery and four pubs; and was initially supposed to accommodate just four refugees. When Peace Village manager Matti Vandenmaele informed the government that his hotel would be empty for the whole month of January, authorities decided to use all available accommodation at the facility to house refugees.

Sandy Evrard, mayor of the town, expressed his worries about the fast growth of the town's population and the number of new nationalities. "We are not prepared to take in 120 refugees, we won't be able to communicate with them," Everard said on Monday.

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