71 % of inhabitants in the Brussels Region have foreign roots

The new Local Integration and Integration Monitor has been published. This monitor contains a wealth of information about the municipalities. For example, 43 percent of the inhabitants of Watermael-Boitsfort are of foreign origin, compared to 90 percent in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode.

The figures show that on average 35 percent of the inhabitants of the Brussels region do not have Belgian nationality. The lowest rates are to be found in Watermael-Boitsfort (just under 20 percent) and the highest Ixelles (over 49 percent, mainly French). Brussels City counts the highest number of different nationalities is: 166. The top three in Brussels City are French, Moroccans and Romanians.

If we look at foreign roots, also taking into account the birth nationality of the parents, the Brussels region has on average 71 percent inhabitants of foreign origin. The highlights here are Watermael-Boitsfort (43 percent) and Saint-Josse-ten-Noode (90 percent).

Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, Saint-Gilles, Schaerbeek and Brussels City also score high in terms of the number of inhabitants of foreign roots, with figures always around 80 percent. 

In the Brussels region, on average 28 percent of the inhabitants are of European origin, 43 percent come from countries outside the European Union. Turkey and the Maghreb are the largest group with an origin outside the European Union, namely 24 percent.