Immigrants help boost Belgium’s economic sector, study finds


The recent increase in the number of immigrants to Belgium has helped the country’s economy grow and ease the financial pressure on the deficit national coffers of the Landen, according to the latest report from the National Bank of Belgium (BNB).

According to the report, the increase in the number of migrants over the past five years has increased the gross domestic product (GDP) in Belgium by 3.5 percent, reports

It also found that the difference in contributions to GDP between third country and EU nationals was marginal (0.5 percent). The study revealed that immigration does not have a negative impact on the opportunities of Belgian citizens on the labor market.

“No harmful effects of immigration are observed for the natives in terms of wages, unemployment, participation, net income or well-being” underlines the report.

The report of the National Bank of Belgium was commissioned in 2018 by the then Minister of Finance, Johan Van support the migration debatenot”.

In total, 1.3 million migrants have acquired Belgian nationality since the relaxation of the Belgian nationality law.

In total, 89.2 percent of Turkish residents have been naturalized, followed by Moroccan citizens 88.4 percent and 75.4 percent of Italians.

The coronavirus situation has also had an impact on the asylum process in European Union countries.

According to a previous report by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), more than 40,000 internationals applied for asylum in EU countries during the month of August.

These figures, EASO said, were higher than those in July (around 43,000 requests), when they marked a significant drop of 40% from the figures for January, when a total of 65,692 requests had been made. filed.

However, EASO previously pointed out that European Union member states have different asylum application procedures at their national borders.

In September, the Commission of the European Union proposed a new Pact on Migration and Asylum, which would include various elements necessary for a comprehensive and common European approach to migration.

In the same month, the European Union Commission and trade unions, as well as other organizations, expressed their common interest in renewing cooperation within the framework of the European Partnership for Integration in order to open more doors for migrants. and refugees in Europe, on the EU labor market. .


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