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In a few pages, the BISA Focus reviews one of the Institute’s work themes. The major socio-economic themes and issues of the Brussels Capital Region are addressed in short texts illustrated with graphs, tables and/or maps.

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Released issues

Focus No. 34

Brussels’ Demographic Barometer 2019 (January 2020) (FR) (.pdf) (5026K)

In 2019, the population of Brussels exceeded 1.2 million inhabitants. The Demographic barometer (BISA Focus No.34) analyses the elements that explain the region’s population growth, and for the region’s 30th anniversary, it reviews the population’s evolution since 1989.

Focus No. 33

Employment aid in Brussels: what impact ? (July 2019) (FR) (.pdf) (311K)

Are employment measures which provide a first work experience helping young unemployed find a job faster in Brussels? The Federal Planning Bureau (FPB), BISA and by Actiris have taken a look at this question in the BISA Focus n°33 and in the Working Paper 6-19 of the Federal Planning Bureau.

Focus No. 32

Brussels’ households and the car (June 2019) (FR) (.pdf) (371K)

Car ownership is the basis for automotive mobility. But who owns a car in the Brussels region? And how does car ownership vary depending on the characteristics of these households? With these questions in mind, this Focus examines the motorisation of Brussels’ households.

Focus No. 31

Who are the companies benefiting from Brussels' financial tools? (June 2019) (FR) (.pdf) (479K)

Between 2014 and 2016, 4,575 companies benefited from the various financial tools offered by the Brussels Capital Region, for a total amount of €162 million. BISA's Focus No. 31 analyses the behaviour and characteristics of the companies benefiting from these financial tools.

Focus No. 30

Brussels residents in the Digital Age: access to and use of ICTs (June 2019) (FR) (.pdf) (394K)

In the digital age, BISA Focus No. 30, written in collaboration with Innoviris, analyses the access of Brussels residents to information and communication technologies (ICT).

Focus No. 29

Evaluating the impact of a public policy using a counterfactual method: under what conditions? (May 2019) (FR) (.pdf) (322K)

Launching an impact evaluation of a public policy by applying a counterfactual method: a good idea but under conditions! BISA's Focus No. 29 reveals the conditions that need to be met before launching this type of evaluation using a counterfactual method.

Focus No. 28

Brussels’ Demographic Barometer 2018 (December 2018) (FR) (.pdf) (3747K)

The population of Brussels grew by 7,000 residents in 2017. BISA Focus No. 28 analyses changes in mortality, births and migration in the Brussels Region to explain this moderate growth. It also examines the breakdown of the Brussels population figures by sex.

Focus No. 27

The new residents of Brussels’ neighbourhoods (October 2018) (FR) (.pdf) (2229K)

BISA Focus No. 27 introduces the new residents of the Brussels Capital Region. It also analyses these dynamics at neighbourhood level.

Focus No. 26

Studying science and technology, a men’s business? (June 2018) (FR) (.pdf) (425K)

BISA Focus No. 26 analyses the statistics on higher education by gender, in particular in the scientific and technological disciplines.

Focus No. 25

Economic relations between the three Belgian regions thanks to the first interregional input-output table (June 2018) (FR) (.pdf) (883K)

BISA Focus No. 25 analyses the flows of goods and services between Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia and foreign countries. Find out more about the economic relations between the three Belgian regions thanks to the first interregional input-output table for Belgium ever.

Focus No. 24

Employment at international organisations: finally included in the labour market statistics (May 2018) (.pdf) (819K)

Written in partnership with the research center HIVA from the KU Leuven, the BISA Focus No. 24 presents the results of the first measure of international employment in the Brussels Region.

Focus No. 23

Brussels, capital of researchers? (March 2018) (FR) (.pdf) (593K)

In 2015, research and development (R&D) activities employed 12,117 FTEs (Full Time Equivalent) in the Brussels-Capital Region. Written in collaboration with Innoviris, this Focus No. 23 analyses the most recent data from the Brussels-Capital Region on research and development (R&D) staff and on human resources devoted to science and technology.

Focus No. 22

Brussels’ Demographic Barometer 2017 (January 2018) (FR) (.pdf) (5413K)

In 2016, the Brussels population grew by 3,700 people. BISA Focus No. 22 analyses this recent evolution and gives a district-by-district overview of this steady growth since 2000.

Focus No. 21

Chinese, Indians and Japanese in the Brussels Region (November 2017) (FR) (.pdf) (7964K)

In 2016, Turkey and Syria were the two Asian nations best represented in the Brussels-Capital Region. Nationals from India, China and Japan came in third, fourth and fifth place respectively. But who are these Indians, Chinese and Japanese living in Brussels? Which neighbourhoods do they tend to flock to?

Focus No. 20

Belgians and foreigners in the Brussels Region, from at birth till today (August 2017) (FR) (.pdf) (2481K)

Via an analysis of people’s nationality at birth, BISA’s Focus No. 20 offers a new method to measure foreign presence in the Brussels Region, one that is complementary to the conventional approach which analyses citizens’ current nationality.

Focus No. 19

The service industry, the safe bet of the Brussels export sector (April 2017) (FR) (.pdf) (517K)

BISA’s Focus No. 19 evaluates the Brussels export sector and its characteristics.  The Brussels-Capital Region exports almost as many services as goods, which is how its exports better withstood recent economic shocks. But what business sectors account for all these exports? And how has the Brussels export sector evolved since the 90s?

Focus No. 18

Brussels in 10 figures (March 2017) (FR) (.pdf) (1856K)

BISA’s Focus No. 18 features an analytical overview of the strengths and challenges of the Brussels-Capital Region, compiled on the basis of 10 Mini-Bru figures.

Focus No. 17

Which are the innovative companies in Brussels and how do they innovate? (February 2017) (FR) (.pdf) (500K)

Between 2012 and 2014, more than one Brussels-based company (of 10 and more employees) out of two stated they had innovated. But what exactly does innovation mean at the firm level? And what are the most innovative companies in Brussels? This Focus, using the latest European survey on innovation, presents a recent picture of innovative companies in Brussels as well as elements to benchmark Brussels against other Belgian regions and the European average.

Focus No. 16

Brussels’ Demographic Barometer 2016 (December 2016) (FR) (.pdf) (5147K)

BISA’s Focus No. 16 takes stock of the Brussels demography on 1 January 2016 and of its recent evolution. It focuses on the composition of the population as the age pyramids changed over the past 25 years.

Focus No. 15

From home to school: origin and destination of Brussels' pupils (August 2016) (FR) (.pdf) (2053K)

During the school year, the journey between home and school governs the daily life of parents and children. But where are Brussels children attending school? Focus No.15 analyses school flows (internal, inbound and outbound) across the Region, the municipalities and the neighbourhoods and tracks their major characteristics.

Focus No. 14

Tax revenue statistics, an adequate data source for measuring the standard of living of Brussels residents? (February 2016) (FR) (.pdf) (1117K)

According to the tax statistics, the average income per capita of residents in the Brussels-Capital Region was 13,525 euro in 2013, 21% lower than the average Belgian income. Since 2005, average incomes in Brussels increased at a slower rate than in the rest of the country: 18% as against 25%. But what income are we talking about? Does it paint a true picture of the standard of living of the Brussels population? Focus No. 14, another BISA publication, offers you keys to correctly interpret the tax statistics data.

Focus No. 13

The expansion of the Brussels households (February 2016) (FR) (.pdf) (1105K)

This 13th BISA Focus will analyse the evolution of households in the Brussels Capital Region. In the 20th century, the size of households has decreased progressively in Belgium. In other terms, households have become ever smaller. For several decades, the Brussels Capital Region was no exception to this evolution. Since the mid-1990s, however, this situation has reversed in Brussels: at first the average size of households stabilised, and then it increased. What are the reasons behind this phenomenon? How have households evolved in the past decades, both in Brussels and in the other two regions?

Focus No. 12

Research and development in Brussels: who finances those activities and where are they executed? (January 2016) (FR) (.pdf) (825K)

By 2020, the total amount of research and development (R&D) expenses incurred in Belgium should reach 3 % of the national GDP, according to the European Union's Europe 2020 strategy. But what do these expenses cover in the Brussels Capital Region? How have they evolved? Who executes and/or finances the R&D activities in Brussels, and what does the contribution of the public authorities consist of? These issues will be discussed in BISA's twelfth Focus.

Focus No. 11

Brussels’ Demographic Barometer 2015 (December 2015) (FR) (.pdf) (8506K)

In 2014, the Brussels population rose by more than 11,000 people, which amounts to an increase of 1 %. What demographic factors have fuelled this recent evolution? More specifically, where do birth rate, death rate and migration come in? By taking a closer look at internal migration, BISA Focus No. 11 aims to provide an answer to these questions while highlighting the effects of this evolution on the structure of population by age and nationality as per 1 January 2015.

Focus No. 10

Tertiary sector in Brussels: which branches sustain growth? (December 2015) (FR) (.pdf) (983K)

The Brussels economy is largely a service-oriented one. But how did the activity structure develop since the early 1980s? Which branches of the services business were able to sustain past growth and employment? And what are the driving forces behind the expected upturn? You will find all the answers to these questions in BISA Focus No. 10!

Focus No. 9

A population boom in focus : Romanians, Poles and Bulgarians in the Brussels Capital Region (June 2015) (FR) (.pdf) (2971K)

What was the evolution of the number of Romanians, Poles and Bulgarians in Brussels in the last 20 years? What are their demographic characteristics? In which neighbourhoods do they live? What is the evolution of their international immigration flows? The BISA Focus 9 answers these questions by drawing up the demographic profile of these three groups of nationals.

Focus No. 8

Economic activity and labour market in Brussels: developments until 2019 (March 2015) (FR) (.pdf) (1597K)

How will economic activity in the Brussels-Capital Region evolve and what are the repercussions on the Brussels labour market? This Focus analyses the expected macro-economic trends in the Brussels-Capital Region until 2019 on the basis of the most recent regional economic prospects that have been established in cooperation with the Belgian Federal Planning Bureau and the Walloon and Flemish statistical bodies.

Focus No. 7

Brussels’ Demographic Barometer 2014 (Februari 2015) (FR) (.pdf) (3702K)

In 2013, the growth of the population of the Brussels Capital Region, although positive (+0.8%), slowed considerably compared to previous years. Which demographic elements explain this evolution? Are we witnessing the end of the demographic boom? After analysing the different factors of the population's evolution, the 7th issue of the BISA Focus  attempts to answer these questions and illustrates the diversification of nationalities present in Brussels.

Focus No. 6

Follow-up of public policies: which indicators should be used? (September 2014) (FR) (.pdf) (651K)

What does the follow-up of public policies entail? How do we choose and elaborate relevant indicators to monitor public policies? Find the answers in the 6th issue of the BISA Focus, which sets out a series of methodological principles aimed at helping the services in charge of monitoring public policies.

Focus No. 5

The residents of Brussels, Belgian waste record holders? (June 2014) (FR) (.pdf) (765K)

This fifth Focus assesses the production of household waste in the Brussels Capital Region. It also draws attention to the abundance of concepts and to the risks of a confused interpretation of the figures that derive therefrom.

Focus No. 4

Gender and statistics in the Brussels Capital Region (May 2014) (FR) (.pdf) (558K)

The fourth Focus issue deals with gender and statistics in the Brussels Capital Region. It reviews the gender-disaggregated statistics about the Brussels Capital Region from a gender mainstreaming perspective.

Focus No. 3

Brussels’ Demographic Barometer 2013 (March 2014) (FR) (.pdf) (2419K)

The third BISA Focus is dedicated to the components of the Brussels Region’s population change in 2012 (births, deaths, migrations) and their impact on the demographic structure as of 1st January 2013 (age, nationality). It sets those recent factors within the broader evolution of the last ten years and provides geographic analyses.

Focus No. 2

Labor market and the household income in Brussels: what will be the medium term evolution ? (February 2014) (FR) (.pdf) (673K)

This second number of the BISA’s Focus analyses the results of the latest regional economic prospects. It focuses on the evolution of the labour market and the household incomes in Brussels according to the place of residence.

Focus No. 1

Economic activity and employment in Brussels: what will be the medium term evolution ? (December 2013) (FR) (.pdf) (305K)

The first issue of the Focus brings you the analysis of the results of the latest regional economic prospects, which the BISA undertakes every year in collaboration with the Federal Planning Bureau and the other regional statistics institutes. The analysis focuses on the medium term evolution (2012 – 2018) of the economic activity and employment in Brussels registered “by workplace”.