The concept of an unaccompanied foreign minor is included in the Belgian Aliens Act. The term refers to a legal status with additional rights. The asylum procedure provides specific conditions for unaccompanied foreign minors. An unaccompanied foreign minor is a child that:
- is under 18 years old
- is staying in Belgium without parent(s) or (legal) representative
- comes from a country outside the European Union
- has applied for asylum or is staying in Belgium without legal residence documentation.