The increase is linked to migration patterns, as many more people are coming to Belgium to seek fortune than there are citizens leaving the country. Last year, this resulted in a net surplus of 47,800 newcomers. At the same time, the number of new-born babies far exceeded the number of deaths: 128,100 births compared to 109,100 deaths, which also gives a net increase of 19,000. All this results in 66,800 new inhabitants.
In the whole of the European Union, the number of inhabitants saw a 1.1 million rise, jumping from 504.63 million last year to 505.73 million this year. Migration patterns account for 882,200 newcomers.