Myriatics 10: 1997-2017: a balance of two decades of immigration in Belgium (Myria)
In this Myriacts Myria notes that the immigration from the new EU member states is increasing, a proportional decrease in immigration from the EU-15 countries, a considerable and recent reduction in the immigration of Moroccans and Turks and finaly an increase in the immigration from West Asia, especially from countries at war.
In these two decades of migration in Belgium, numerous changes have taken place. The end of the 1990s is marked by an increased immigration of foreigners into Belgium.The number of immigrations of foreigners has indeed reached a historically high level, within some years almost 140,000 annual arrivals. Behind that accelartaion of the migration movements to and from Belgium, various migration dynamics are at work.
Myria notes that the immigration from the new EU members is increasing, a proportional decrease in immigration from the EU-15 countries, a considerable and recent reduction in the immigration of Moroccans and Turks and an increase in the immigration from West Asia, especially from countries at war.
To introduce these changes and the diversity in profiles, four nationalities have been hightlighted in this tenth Myriatics:
- The French immigrants, who characterize a stabel and numerically significatn border migration;
- The Romanian immigrants, who reflect an increasingly masculine and strong work-related migration;
- The Morrocaan immigrants, an exaple of an old migration that recently has been slowed down by a stricter family reunification policy;
- And the Syrian immirgrants, who are an asylum migration, they family reunions with persons who benefit from international protection recently have been added to this number.