A full 65% of the immigrant vote will back left-wing parties. Mayor Patrick Janssens' socialist SP.A gets most support. 36.6% of newcomers intend to vote for this party compared to 26.1% in the general poll. The greens pick up 21.9% of the immigrant vote compared to 9.4% among voters as a whole.
The far-right anti-immigrant Vlaamse Belang polls 12% of the immigrant vote compared to 19.4% among the population as a whole.
Newcomers also differ in their choice for mayor. In the survey of the population as a whole Partick Janssens and the Flemish nationalists' Bart De Wever were neck-to-neck. Among the ethnic vote Mr Janssens picks up 46% compared to only 17.5% for Mr De Wever.