|Member of the Chamber of Representatives|
|Assumed office |
6 July 2010
|Prime Minister||Charles Michel|
|Secretary of State for Asylum, Migration and Administrative Simplification|
11 October 2014 – 9 December 2018
|Succeeded by||Maggie De Block|
|Born||7 February 1978|
Lubbeek, Flemish Brabant
|Political party||New Flemish Alliance (NVA)|
He is mayor of Lubbeek since January 2013.
He was Secretary of State for Asylum, Migration and Administrative Simplification in the Michel Government from October 2014 to December 2018.
Theo Francken has been the subject of numerous controversies during his tenure as Secretary of State.
In October 2014 several political parties demanded Francken's and Ben Weyts' resignation after the two were present at the birthday of Bob Maes, a former member of the Vlaams Nationaal Verbond, a party who collaborated with the Nazis in the Second World War.
In the same month Theo Francken also came in stormy waters after the leaking of some old mails with allegedly homophobic statements and a Facebook post where he questioned the "added value" that immigrants from Morocco, Congo and Algeria bring to the Belgian economy. Subsequently, Theo Francken apologised in the federal parliament.
In May 2017 Francken made several tweets accusing Médecins Sans Frontières of human trafficking in connection with their operation to provide aid to refugees sailing from the Libyan coast to Europe.
In September 2017 a Sudanese delegation was invited to Brussels to identify illegal immigrants. Cooperation with the Sudanese regime was already an issue, but controversy spiked in December of that year after several migrants who had returned reported being tortured upon arrival in Sudan.
Also in September, Francken had to apologise after using the hashtag #opkuisen, Dutch for "cleaning up", in a tweet about removing immigrants.
After the 2017 Catalan independence referendum Francken commented that Catalonians, including Carles Puigdemont, could ask for asylum in Belgium. The Prime Minister then asked the Secretary not to add fuel to the fire.
In January 2019, one month after his departure as Secretary of State for Asylum, Migration and Administrative Simplification, Francken was questioned by Belgian judicial authorities in connection with an investigation into possible fraud involving humanitarian visas by one of his closest aides. The suspect, Melikan Kucan, was one of the people trusted to advise Francken's office with regard to issuing humanitarian visa. 
- Chamber of Representatives: cv Theo Francken (Dutch)
- Belga), Rédaction en ligne (avec. "L'opposition veut expulser Théo Francken du gouvernement Michel".
- Torfs, Michaël (2014-10-16). "Secretary of State for Asylum apologises in parliament". Flanders News. Retrieved 2016-12-10.
- CDC (2017-03-21). "Asylum secretary Francken accuses MSF of people-trafficking". Flanders News. Retrieved 2017-12-22.
- Touriel, Aubry (2017-09-23). "Sudanese refugee: "They offered me 1,000 euros to return to Sudan"". Flanders News. Retrieved 2017-12-22.
- MB (2017-12-20). "Deported Sudanese migrants say they were tortured". Flanders News. Retrieved 2017-12-22.
- Saerens, Zico (2017-09-15). "Premier Michel fluit Francken terug na "#opkuisen"-bericht". vrtnws. Retrieved 2017-12-22.
- Torfs, Michaël (2017-10-29). "Puigdemont can apply for political asylum in Belgium, Francken says, but PM reacts". Flanders News. Retrieved 2017-12-22.
- n.n. (2019-01-24). "Visa Fraud Francken questioned as witness". VRT NWS. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
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