Communes are an indispensable partner for the State and play an essential role in the reception of applicants for international protection (AIPs) and beneficiaries of international protection (BIPs) in society. In a spirit of solidarity and shared responsibility, many communes are actively involved in the reception of refugees by providing them with housing.

The National Reception Office (ONA) currently manages 54 housing facilities for AIPs in 30 communes (as of 30/09/2023). In addition, there are 12 accommodation structures for persons with temporary protection in 8 communes. In total, the ONA manages 68 accommodation structures (including the initial reception centers) in 33 municipalities.

Support to communes

The government has implemented a series of measures to support communes in their efforts in terms of the reception and integration of AIPs and BIPs. The aim thereof is, among others, to support communes on a financial and administrative basis.

For more information about available aid:

Guide on the local reception of AIPs

With the section “All about the reception of applicants and beneficiaries of international protection in a commune” on this website, the ONA has created a catalogue of answers and information to support communes in their efforts in terms of hosting and integration, as well as to provide them with a practical tool.

This guide provides answers to frequently asked questions in the context of the reception of AIPs and BIPs on the territory of a commune. It provides information on existing financial and administrative aid, and redirects to the appropriate authorities. You will find information on procedures, rights and obligations, as well as responsibilities related to the supervision of AIPs within communes.

Contact for communal administrators

To make land or buildings available to create accommodation facilities for AIPs or to request additional information, please contact the Directorate of the National Reception Office (ONA) by email:

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