Expat Communities in Belgium

Expat Communities in Belgium

In today’s globalised and interconnected world, many people leave their homes to settle in a new city, country or even continent. The global world holds wider opportunities for expats, however many have second thoughts about relocating due to the fear of the unknown. Without doubt, the decision to emigrate is life-changing and many factors should be considered. This is why, we think that finding your local community in Belgium can support your transition and can help you settle into your new home country.


Compared to the year 2000, the number of educated foreigners living and working in Belgium rose by nearly 50 percent, which is a remarkable increase. Being one of the important backdrops of the international political scene, Belgium (especially Brussels) is an attractive place for tax professionals to make a living.


Statistics show that the majority of the foreign population in Belgium had their origin in France, Italy or the Netherlands. The members of the Romanian, Moroccan, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Turkish, British and Irish communities are also quite high compared to other European countries.

Expat Communities in Belgium

Source: (Statista, 2019) https://www.statista.com/statistics/517235/foreign-population-of-belgium-by-origin/


If you wish to connect with fellow expats living in Belgium, InterNations website is the right place for you. There you can also join exciting events to meet more international people and get tips about expat life in the country. If this is something you are interested in, then visit the link: https://www.internations.org/belgium-expats


Get in touch with people with the same nationality, language and other cultural characteristics to overcome the fear of the unknown before making the move. Feel at home abroad!


Information about some key expat communities in Belgium is presented below:


• French Community

Connect with the French community in Belgium. According to statistics (2018), approximately 165,486 people living in Belgium claim to be ethnic French. Visit the link- https://www.internations.org/belgium-expats/french- to contact some of those people who can provide you with crucial information about the expat life in Belgium.

• Italian Community

Get in touch with the Italian expat community located in Belgium. According to statistics (2018), approximately 156,063 people living in Belgium claim to be ethnic Italian. If you seek advice or would like simply to get an understanding of the expat life, then visit this link- https://www.internations.org/belgium-expats/italians

• Dutch Community

If you are unsure about what a life in Belgium would be, then do not hesitate to contact the Dutch expat community and find out all the answers- https://www.internations.org/belgium-expats/dutch. According to statistics (2018), approximately 155,239 people living in Belgium claim to be ethnic Dutch.

• Romanian Community

Connect with fellow Romanians living in Belgium! According to statistics (2018), approximately 87,616 people living in Belgium claim to be ethnic Romanian. They can give you valuable advice on the expat life, local shops, costs and any other information you are looking for. Click the link - https://www.internations.org/belgium-expats/romanians - for more information.


• Moroccan Community

Connect with the Moroccan community in Belgium! According to statistics (2018), approximately 81,215 people living in Belgium claim to be ethnic Moroccan. Visit the link- https://www.internations.org/belgium-expats/moroccans- to get more information about the Moroccan expat life in Belgium.

• Polish Community

Get in touch with other Poles living in Belgium! According to statistics (2018), approximately 71,537 people living in Belgium claim to be ethnic Polish. Whether you have already relocated, or you are simply planning to do so, visit this link- https://www.internations.org/belgium-expats/polish - where you can find a wide network of expats living in Belgium that are coming from all parts of Poland.

• Spanish Community

If you are unsure about what a life in Belgium would be, then do not hesitate to contact the Spanish expat community and find out all the answers- https://www.internations.org/belgium-expats/spanish. According to statistics (2018), approximately 64,049 people living in Belgium claim to be ethnic Spanish. Getting in touch with them can be a stepping stone in learning about the Belgian culture and way of living.


• Portugal Community

Get in touch with the Portuguese expat community located in Belgium. According to statistics (2018), approximately 46,611 people living in Belgium claim to be ethnic Portuguese. If you seek advice or would like simply to get an understanding of the expat life, then visit this link- https://www.internations.org/belgium-expats/portuguese.

• German Community

Contact the German expat community based in Belgium- https://www.internations.org/belgium-expats/germans. According to statistics (2018), approximately 39,469 people living in Belgium claim to be ethnic German. Find out what their opinion about living and working in Belgium is. On the link provided above, you can find a considerable number of German expats positioned in Belgium.

• Turkish Community

Connect with fellow Turks living in Belgium! According to statistics (2018), approximately 36,233 people living in Belgium claim to be ethnic Turkish. They can give you valuable advice on the expat life, local shops, costs and any other information you are looking for. Click the link - https://www.internations.org/belgium-expats/turkish - for more information.

• British Community

Connect with the British community living in Belgium! Ask them about any advice and tips, pros and cons, so that you are prepared and avoid any disappointment. Click the link - https://www.internations.org/belgium-expats/british- to find a wide network of British expats living in Belgium.

• Irish Community

Get in touch with the expat community of Irish in Belgium! Do not miss the opportunity to learn from people from your nationality who have already experienced the relocation to Belgium. Visit the link -https://www.internations.org/belgium-expats/irish - for more information.


Social Media Connections

Facebook and Instagram hold numerous groups that might be worth following if you are planning to make a move to Belgium. Here are some links that you might find helpful:

- Expats in Belgium (Facebook Groups):

https://www.facebook.com/groups/816340168475335/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/expatsinbelgiumgroup/
https://www.facebook.com/expatsinbrussels/
https://www.facebook.com/ExpatFocusBelgium/

- ‘We Love Brussels’ (Instagram Profile)

https://www.instagram.com/welovebrussels/


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