Nearly one in three babies was born to a foreign national mum. The exact figure, 30.1%, is up in every province. Babies were born to mothers of 170 different nationalities. 4.6% of Flemish babies were born to mums with a Moroccan passport followed by Dutch mums (2.1%), Romanian (2%) and Turkish (1.9%) mothers.
In 30% of cases the language spoken between mother and child is now not Dutch.
Figures from the children’s agency show over 63,000 births last year. The figure is down nearly 2% on the year. The total number of births hasn’t been lower since 2003.
Limburg and Antwerp reported the biggest falls in the number of births, while in East Flanders and Flemish Brabant there were small increases.
Births are down among all women except in the 30-to-35 age bracket. Fertility rates among women between 20 and 30 fall further and are at historic lows. Only 1% of babies were born to women under 20, while women over 40 gave birth to 3.3% of new-borns.