Foreign population of Belgium in 2019, by origin

Belgium has a multicultural landscape; a variety of nationalities coexist in the country. Brussels houses most of the European Union institutions. This is the reason behind the nickname "capital of Europe". In 2019, over one million foreigners were living in the country. Of the variety of nationalities in Belgium, three main origins were present on its soil. In 2018, over 470 thousand people originated from France, Italy, or the Netherlands.

The migration flow in Belgium

Migration has always been part of human history. However, it is still one of society's most controversial topics. Nowadays, immigration within the European Union is primarily influenced by economic reasons. In 2018, the migration flow amounted to over 133 thousand people coming to Belgium. Meanwhile, 67 thousand nationals emigrated abroad.

Belgian’s views on immigration

Although Belgium has known many migration waves in its past, views on the matter still divide. In 2017, opinions in Belgium on immigrants coming from outside the EU were contrasted. Nonetheless, the fifth most common origin of foreigners in Belgium was Moroccan. In the recent years, more than 60 percent of Belgians believed too many immigrants lived in the country. However, Belgians regarded EU citizens immigrating to their country positively.

Foreign population of Belgium in 2019, by origin

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Source

Release date

October 2019

Region

Belgium

Survey time period

January 1, 2019

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