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On 1 January of this year, the Belgian population numbered 11,584,008 inhabitants. This is evident from figures from the statistical office Statbel.

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In the past year, the Belgian population grew by 62,770 inhabitants. That is an increase of 0.54 percent. “That growth rate is twice as high as last year, when the corona pandemic caused a slowdown,” explains Cloë Ost, statistician demography at Statbel. “It is in line with what was common before Covid-19, namely around 0.5 percent.”

The statistician explains the vast majority of the population growth by a strongly positive international migration balance. “Of the 62,770 additional inhabitants, the ‘positive migration balance’ amounted to 58,118 people. So there were 58,118 more immigrants than emigrants.”

Statbel also again establishes a positive natural balance. In 2021, 5,623 more babies were born than people died. “That number is on the low side when we compare it to the period before the Covid-19 pandemic,” Ost said.

There are clear differences between the regions and provinces. The Flemish Region remains by far the fastest growing region, with 45,814 additional inhabitants, or a growth rate of 0.69 percent. In the Walloon Region, that percentage was 0.39 percent, with 14,289 additional inhabitants. In Brussels, Stabel sees a growth of 2,667 people or 0.22 percent, a percentage that remains relatively low compared to the years before the pandemic.

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