Sharp rise in number of expats in Flanders

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22 August 2005, BRUSSELS — A total of 3,077 non-European Union expats were employed in graduate or management positions in Flemish companies last year.

22 August 2005

BRUSSELS — A total of 3,077 non-European Union expats were employed in graduate or management positions in Flemish companies last year.

The figures represented a 100 percent increase since 1997, newspaper 'De Tijd' reported on Monday.

The provinces of Flemish Brabant and Antwerp have the highest concentration of skilled expats from outside the EU.

Japanese, Indian and US expats were the largest groups of skilled foreign workers from outside the EU.

Of these, the Japanese formed the largest group (21.2 percent), followed by Indians (18.3 percent) and Americans (13.9 percent).

Most expats were employed in the chemical and automotive industries and IT, Flemish broadcaster VRT reported.

In total, some 18,856 work permits were issued in Flanders in 2004, the Flemish Department of Employment said.

About two-thirds of the work permits issued were category C, which are mainly issued to asylum seekers.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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