Thursday, April 26, 2007

Majority in Brussels are not native Belgian

No less than 56.5 percent of the population of Brussels is of foreign origin. In 1961 that figure was just 7.3 percent.
"That is an impressive and unique development from a European, or even a world perspective," says sociologist Jan Hertogen.
According to his calculations 28.5 percent of Brussels residents held a foreign nationality in 1991. In addition to that, 4.5 percent were naturalised or new Belgians. The number of foreigners stabilised at 26.3 percent in 2005, but the number of new Belgians grew to 30.2 percent.

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