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30/10/2019 - Increasing migration between Belgian regions

In Belgium, an increasing number of people change their residency from one of the three regions to another (Flemish Region, Walloon Region and Brussels-Capital Region)

In Belgium, an increasing number of people change their residency from one of the three regions to another (Flemish Region, Walloon Region and Brussels-Capital Region). Thus, in 20 years, the number of interregional relocations has increased. These relocations are particularly increasing between Brussels and Flanders: in the course of 2016, 24,000 residents left Brussels to settle in Flanders, an increase of 55% compared to what happened in 1997.

This is the main finding of the study on interregional migration, conducted jointly by the three regional institutes of statistics- IBSA, IWEPS and Statistiek Vlaanderen. This demographic study explores the recent trends (1997-2016) in migratory flows between the three regions of the country and illustrates them with numerous maps. It highlights the continuation of the suburbanisation of Brussels in Flanders and Wallonia, but also reveals new particular migratory patterns.

For more information, read the study report.