Sint-Gillis, Elsene, Etterbeek and Vorst are hot for Flemings

Regional media outlet Bruzz has taken a closer look at the figures relating to the increase in the number of Flemings across the Brussels Region during the past four years.  To base its figures Bruzz looked at whether inhabitants had registered their new address in Dutch or in French, a key indication.

In recent decades the number of people with a Dutch language address continued to fall unabated.  The figures show that this trend has now more or less stopped.  Between 2012 and 2018 the number of Flemings living in the Brussels Region and eligible to vote dropped from 47,200 to 46,850.

Some boroughs are doing better than others: In Sint-Gillis the number of Flemings is up 28%.  In Elsene it's +19%, in Etterbeek it's +18%, in Vorst +6%.  In absolute figures Schaarbeek proved to be the greatest magnet with 560 new Flemish residents (+13%).

Traditionally Flemish boroughs see numbers plummet: Sint-Agatha-Berchem (-19%), Ganshoren (-16%) and Anderlecht (-13%).

Young Flemish newcomers are settling in the trendy inner-city boroughs.  The Free Flemish University VUB serves as a magnet for Elsene and Etterbeek.  Elsene also boasts a lively nightlife that the Flemish find attractive.  This also goes for Sint-Gillis that has now become the trendiest borough of the capital. This trendiness flows over into Vorst that also benefits from the regeneration at the Wiels site.  The presence of the VRT and good tram links to the VUB are trump cards for Schaarbeek.

In boroughs like Sint-Agatha-Berchem the Flemish population is aging.