Immigration boosts Belgian population
15 February 2006, BRUSSELS — The Belgian population is growing slowly but surely and immigration is leading the way.
15 February 2006
BRUSSELS — The Belgian population is growing slowly but surely and immigration is leading the way.
The population increased by 50,000 between 2004 and 2005, the federal Economy Ministry's statistics office said.
In that same period, the 0-19 age group grew by more than 5,000, especially in Brussels and Wallonia.
Louvain-la-Neuve University professor and demographer Michel Loriaux said the Belgian population has easily topped the 10 million mark and is approaching 10.5 million.
"Between 2000 and 2005, the population grew further and in five years time, about 200,000 were added," Loriaux said.
"In Belgium, the growth by migration is systematically more important than natural growth."
On 1 January 2005, Belgium had a population of 10,445,852, newspaper 'Het Gazet van Antwerpen' reported on Wednesday.
Slightly more than 1 million people live in the Brussels region. Flanders has broken through the 6 million mark, while Wallonia has about 3.4 million residents.
The number of people aged 65 or older continues to grow, swelling by 20,000 in 2004. Between 2000 and 2005, an extra 84,000 people were added to that age group.
The phenomenon of the aging population is primarily taking place in Flanders.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news