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Country Resource - Belgium

Belgium

BE
  • Population......................................................................10,438,353 (July 2012 est.)
  • Population growth rate .............................................................0.061% (2012 est.)
  • Birth rate....................................................10.03 births/1,000 population (2012 est.)
  • Death rate................................................10.63 deaths/1,000 population (2012 est.)
  • Net migration rate...............................1.22 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2012 est.)
  • Ethnic groups.................................Fleming 58%, Walloon 31%, mixed or other 11%

CIA World Factbook

Belgium is often overlooked as a country of immigration because of its size and its less known history of immigration. Yet over the last three decades Belgium has become a permanent country of settlement for many different types of migrants. Our updated Belgium profile delves into modern migration flows and policies in Belgium which are inching away from a piecemeal approach towards a well-needed, long-term strategy.

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Belgium is often overlooked as a country of immigration because of its size and its less known history of immigration. Yet over the last three decades Belgium has become a permanent country of settlement for many different types of migrants. Our updated Belgium profile delves into modern migration flows and policies in Belgium which are inching away from a piecemeal approach towards a well-needed, long-term strategy.

Vlaams Belang, a far-right party known for its nationalism and anti-immigrant position, lost one seat in Belgium's parliament in the June 10 national elections. Laura Barker examines the party's use of the immigration issue and reactions to its politics.

Only recently have European politicians and public opinion leaders talked about the need to focus on the integration of immigrants and their children.

Schengen eliminated border controls between European countries, and established a common external border. MPI's Julia Gelatt explains the changes brought by Schengen and the effects Schengen has had on European border control, visa, and asylum policies.

Research by Marco Martiniello of the University of Liege and Andrea Rea of the Free University of Brussels casts light on how and why unauthorized immigrants arrive and stay in Belgium.

Marco Martiniello and Andrea Rea examine how immigration has made Belgium a multicultural society in perpetual renewal.