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The person from the reception office who provides the newcomer with individual counselling throughout the primary integration programme.

Diploma equivalence

The official procedure to determine whether a foreign qualification for a certain subject matter is equivalent to a similar one in Flanders, Brussels or Wallonia.

Dutch as a Second Language (NT2)

Dutch language course for adults. Also available for foreign speakers who permanently reside in Belgium or reside in Belgium for a longer period.

Dutch Language House

This is the Flemish authority from which foreign language speakers can obtain information on courses in Dutch as a second language. The Dutch Language House works with the reception agencies to compose suitable language courses for the integration programme.

Educational orientation

A part of the life career orientation. This is a programme for integration candidates who want to start studying in Belgium, or want to finish the studies they have started in their country of origin.

Integrated framework

The integrated framework is a goal set which focuses on strengthening and  developing the competences and self-reliance of the participant.

Integration decree

The Flemish decree of 23 February 2003 - amended by the decrees of 14 July 2006 and 1 February 2008 - which governs the reception and integration of newcomers in Flanders.

Integration participant

The person - newcomer or otherwise - who follows the integration programme with bon or another reception agency in Flanders.

Integration programme

The initiative of the Flemish government which helps people of foreign origin living in Flanders and Brussels to become more independent and self-reliant, by offering social orientation and Dutch language courses. A personal programme counsellor monitors their progress.

Life career orientation

The part of the integration programme which focuses on the steps an integration participant can take to build a professional career (professional career orientation), to study (educational orientation) or to engage in socio-cultural activities (social participation).


The Flemish integration decree defines a newcomer as an adult person of foreign origin who has been registered in a Flemish of Brussels municipality for less than one year and who intends to settle in Belgium for a longer period.


A person of foreign origin, or who was born abroad, but has been staying in Belgium for over one year.


bon collaborates intensively with several working partners from Brussels.

Primary integration programme

The first part of the integration programme organized by the reception agency, comprising social orientation and Dutch language courses, career orientation and counselling. The second part (secondary programme) is provided by regular institutions such as ACTIRIS, VDAB-RDB, and schools.

Reception class for foreign speaking newcomers (OKAN)

Class in the Dutch-speaking secondary education system in which newcomers of a school-going age can spend a year getting used to the Flemish education system and learn Dutch intensively. The French speaking schools have a similar system called “classes passerelles”.


To get as close as possible to integrating newcomers, bon has three sites in the Brussels-Capital Region: one in Brussels-city, one in Schaerbeek and one in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek.

Social orientation

A component of the integration programme which covers the ins and outs of Belgian society through a variety of subjects such as housing, employment, transport and health.

Social participation

The active participation in several areas of social life, such as volunteer work, sports, culture and clubs. This is the social aspect of life career orientation.