Record number of immigrants in Belgium
In 2005 more than 90,000 new immigrants were registered. Most of the new immigrants are from member states of the European Union.
19 December 2007- The number of newcomers to Belgium has reached a historic high. In 2005 more than 90,000 new immigrants were registered. Most of the new immigrants are from member states of the European Union.
December 18 is the 'Day of the Immigrant'. On this occasion the Centre for Equal Opportunities and Against Racism has published a study on immigration in Belgium. The study reveals that there have never been so many immigrants in Belgium as now. In 2005 there were 90,337 new legal immigrants registered in Belgium. Most of them are from France, the Netherlands, Morocco and Poland.
The majority of the newcomers are from member states of the European Union, but Moroccan and Asian immigrants are numerous as well.
The last immigration peaks in Belgium were right after World War II and following the independence of the Belgian Congo. Image of 'The Immigrant' is changing
According to the Centre for Equal Opportunities and Against Racism, the latest figures call attention to the fact that we must review our image of 'The Immigrant'. More and more people are coming to Belgium as a result of the globalisation trend in the business world and to work for the European Union.
The number of refugees coming to Belgium has been declining since 2000. Another trend is that the group of refugees comprises a smaller and smaller percentage of the total group of newcomers to Belgium.
In 2005 there were 12,000 requests for asylum in Belgium. At the moment there are fewer than 20,000 recognised refugees living in Belgium.(copyright flandersnews.be)