Refugees and asylum seekers also have access to the basic banking service

A banking account is an essential part of any citizen’s daily life. He can use this account for paying invoices by means of a money transfer, receiving his salary or family allowances, paying his rent, etc.

In modern society it is impossible to do without a banking account and so, everyone is entitled to having a bank account. This service makes it possible to open a call deposit account at a bank, at low cost, for the purpose of carrying out a number of bank transactions.

It goes without saying that refugees and asylum seekers can also rely on the basic banking service, for indeed this service is a prerequisite for financial inclusion and social integration.

Fieldworkers such as NGOs and aid organisations however are concerned because some aspects of the basic banking service for refugees and asylum seekers are unclear.

Consequently, Febelfin has consulted its members, the supervisory authority and the  Agentschap Integratie en Inburgering and put together a list of FAQ as a guideline for offering the basic banking service to refugees and asylum seekers.

Here you can consult the list of FAQ.

The contribution made by Febelfin to the Refugee crisis Task Force of the FEB

In September 2015, the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB) created the Refugee crisis Task Force. This Task Force consists of FEB sector federations, including Febelfin, government institutions and aid organisations.

The aim of the Task Force is to provide a contribution from the corporate world to a solution for the refugee problem that is committed and at the same time realistic and workable.

The Task Force activities are spread over a number of cluster working groups. Febelfin is in charge of coordinating the activities of some of those working groups.

This list of FAQ on the basic banking service is one of the concrete achievements of this Task Force.