Belgium rejects visa applications for Turkish imams

Belgian authorities have rejected working visa applications for four Turkish imams who wanted to practice their religious office  in the country.

Immigration State Secretary Theo Francken refused to deliver long-term visa to foreign  imams if their local community isn’t legally recognized.

It isn’t the first time that Mr. Francken refuse to allow imams to enter the country, he already denied visa for twelve Turkish imams this year, according to newspaper La Dernière Heure.

A Belgian Court has confirmed the ministerial decision on Wednesday 15th May.

In Belgium, mosques have to be screened by the Security Services to be fully recognized, but some of them doesn’t apply for recognition in order to avoid the State’s surveillance.

Justice Minister Koen Geens ordered security intelligence to monitor mosques linked to Diyanet, the Turkish Administration for Religious Affairs.