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There has been a demonstration outside a detention centre for failed asylum seekers in Belgium.

Around 100 protestors gathered outside the camp at Nossegem just outside the capital Brussels.

Inmates waved back as they attacked the perimeter fence chanting slogans of support for those inside.

Oscar Flores from the group Co-ordination against Raids and Deportation said: “We are demonstrating against this detention centre, and against Belgian and European immigration policies which deprive people of their liberty just because they don’t comply with the administration. Not having papers is not a crime. But here people, families and children are being locked up.”

The protest was met by a large contingent of police anxious that the demonstrators might try to break into the camp or threaten Brussels airport nearby.

Earlier this month European ministers discussed ways to crack down on illegal immigration, block false asylum demands and harmonise EU policy so one country’s solution does not become another country’s problem.