The increase is most pronounced in Ghent (+7.2%) and Antwerp (8.6%).
Meanwhile, the increase is the smallest (+3.9%) in Genk (Limburg). However, the highly diverse town has the highest percentage of candidates with foreign roots (36%) of all the towns and cities surveyed. In 2006 this was already 27.7%.
The only exception is the West Flemish city of Bruges, where the percentage of candidates with foreign roots has fallen by 0.9%.
Differences between the parties
There are big differences between the political parties in the percentage of candidates with foreign roots. With 18% the socialists have the highest percentage, closely followed by the greens and the far-left PVDA.
The far-right Vlaams Belang has the lowest percentage of candidates with foreign roots (3.4%). 9.6% of candidates standing for the Flemish nationalist party N-VA have foreign roots.
Despite, the general rise in the number of people with foreign roots standing for the local election they are still under-represented taking into consideration their presence in the population at large.