1 in 10 living in Belgium are foreigners, mostly Italians

According to statistics supplied by the federal government, 1 in 10 people who are living in Belgium, do not have a Belgian passport. In Brussels, this number is 1 in 3. Italian, French and Dutch citizens account for the lion's share of the number of foreigners living in Belgium.

The Federal Department of Economy announced that on 1 January 2010, Belgium had 1,057,666 inhabitants who did not have a Belgian passport. This means that about 1 in 10 people are foreigners. In the age category of 30 to 35 years of age, this number reaches 1 in 6.

In Flanders, the number is below the Belgian average with 6.4 percent. In Wallonia, it's 9.5 percent. Brussels clearly takes a special position within Belgium with 30 percent.

In Flanders, Limburg province takes the first place with just over 9 percent foreigners, followed by Antwerp, Flemish Brabant, East Flanders and West Flanders. The latter only has 2.8 percent foreigners.

Italians on number 1

In 2008, the Italians topped the list of foreigners living in Belgium, with a number of just over 169,000. The Italians were followed by the French (130,000), Dutch (123,000), Moroccans (80,000), Spaniards (42,000), Turks (40,000), Germans (38,000) and Poles (31,000).