International day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

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6 February -International day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a form of persecution under the Belgian Aliens’ Act of 15 December 1980. The CGRS has always been careful to examine requests based on a fear of FGM with great care and attention.

Ten years ago, the CGRS established a monitoring system for minor girls who have been recognised as refugees on account of a fear of FGM. The aim is to make sure that they remain uncut after receiving refugee status in Belgium, as refugee status does not offer a girl absolute protection. There is indeed a risk of FGM even in Belgium or Europe, often due to relatives.

The international day against FGM is an opportunity to present some figures and observations about this monitoring system:

  • 1,703 uncut girls are currently being monitored
  • More than 30 nationalities are registered but one country, Guinea, stands out, with 73.69%.  Next come Somalia (5.05%), Djibouti (3.22%), Ivory Coast (1.70%) and Mauritania (1.58%).

Place of birth:

  • 56.98% of monitored girls were born in Belgium
  • 40.56% were born in the country of origin of their parents
  • Around 2% were born in a third country

For more information on the monitoring system.

06 February 2018

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