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Immigrants in Belgium to get government jobs

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In future, non-EU immigrants residing in Belgium will be granted the right to take up posts in the Flemish civil service on permanent contracts.

The Flemish government has today made a proposal to offer immigrants from outside the European Union a so-called 'job for life' at the local and regional levels in welfare service administrative departments in the northern state of Flanders.

The new regulations were proposed by Flemish Interior Minister Paul Van Grembergen. At present, the Belgian Constitution states that only Belgian citizens are allowed to hold jobs in the civil service.

Although the new proposal still needs to be approved by the Flemish Parliament, the Council of State had no initial objections to the regulations as it will mean that the Government will be complying with an international labour treaty.