Immigration files of Jews, Roma and Sinti, compiled by the Belgian Public Safety Office and its successor, the Belgian Aliens Police (Vreemdelingenpolitie - Police des Étrangers). Collection

Language of Description
1 Jan 1860 - 31 Dec 1945
Level of Description
  • French, Dutch, German, Polish, Romanian, Greek, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Russian, English
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Extent and Medium

over 920,000 digitised images (over 19,800 files)


Scope and Content

This collection contains a selection of files compiled by the Belgian Aliens Police (Vreemdelingenpolitie - Police des Étrangers), relevant for research on the Holocaust in Belgium : the files of Jews, Roma and Sinti deported from the Dossin barracks, the files of Jews living in Belgium and deported from France, the files of Jewish armed resistance fighters, the files of Jewish members of hiding networks, the files of Jews detained at the Breendonk camp for political prisoners, and the files of Jews liberated at or released from the Dossin barracks. The information on the cover of each file refers to persons related to the foreigner : children, business associates, family members who lived in or passed through Belgium… The content of the files can be very diverse. In general, every file contains a questionnaire filled out by the foreigner upon arrival in Belgium, address changes, birth certificates, marriage certificates and death certificates (in case an immigrant passed away in Belgium). For many refugees from Nazi-Germany, the file also contains a political refugee questionnaire. In files created after 1914 photos are often inserted. In case a person was politically active and/or came in to contact with the police, the file might also contain police reports and correspondence with the police force at the last place of residence abroad. When a foreigner in Belgium married, the files of both partners were merged. When a child turned 15, his file was separated from that of his parents. A file was closed once all persons represented in the file were deceased, obtained Belgian nationality or had left the country. The search engine will produce relevant immigration files when searching for a name. The collection cannot be searched as a whole.


The digitisation of the files is an ongoing project.

System of Arrangement

Once the Belgian Public Safety Office received word about a new arrival, a file was opened. The files are thus chronologically ordered, according to registration in Belgium. All files carry a unique number by which they can be retrieved, using the central index card system.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Digitally stored at Kazerne Dossin

Finding Aids

  • An alphabetically and numerically ordered index of the files digitised by Kazerne Dossin is available at the Kazerne Dossin documentation centre. For the complete list of Belgian Aliens Police files, check the inventory published by B. Boone and R. Depoortere.

Existence and Location of Originals

  • National Archives of Belgium

Related Units of Description

  • About 90 percent of all photos in the Give Them a Face portrait collections (KD_00017 and KD_00350) are part of the Belgian Aliens Police files ; Administrations such as the municipality of Antwerp or Brussels compiled their own local immigration files. However, these files only contain copies of the documents relevant for that municipality. The supervision of a municipality stopped once the foreigner left for another city.


This description is derived directly from structured data provided to EHRI by a partner institution. This collection holding institution considers this description as an accurate reflection of the archival holdings to which it refers at the moment of data transfer.