About 30,000 Brussels residents leave the capital every year

18th May 2015, Comments 0 comments

Some 30,000 residents leave Brussels every year, many of which are middle-class families, meaning a loss of revenue for Belgium.

Some 30,000 local Brussels residents are turning their back on the Brussels Region every year. Their decision is bad news for the city coffers.
Most of these people are middle-class families with a yearly income of between 20,000 and 50,000 euros before tax, meaning a big loss for Belgium.

The figures are based on calculations made by Emmanuel De Bock of the radical Francophone slate FDF, the financial daily L'Echo reports. The share of middle-class people in the capital area dropped with 5.6 percent between 2001 and 2011. According to De Bock, the city misses out on 261 million euros in revenues.

De Bock warns that measures should be taken to stop this trend. 'Flanders has already taken tax measures. They oblige us to react. If this continues, we have to ask for a new financial plan in 10 years' time.'

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