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21,000 left Brussels for Flanders last year, figures show

09:38 24/06/2019

A record number of people moved out of Brussels to settle in Flanders last year, new stats from the Belgian interior ministry reveal.

Some 21,700 people changed their official registered address from the Brussels region to Flanders in 2018. This is 2.5 times greater than the number of people moving in the opposite direction, from Flanders to Brussels (8,611).

Flanders also recorded a net population gain from Wallonia, with 8,848 Walloons moving to the north of the country last year, compared with 7,542 moving in the other direction.

In total, the Flemish region welcomed 30,548 new arrivals in 2018 - nearly twice as many people as it lost to another region (16,153).

According to CIB Vlaanderen, the federation of Flemish real estate agents, residents of Brussels' wealthier municipalities, such as Woluwe, Watermael-Boitsfort and Auderghem, are increasingly attracted to the Flemish periphery of Brussels.

Written by The Bulletin