Belgium

A small country with a population of only around 11 million, Belgium punches above its weight on the international stage. Its capital city, Brussels, is the location of the official seats of the European Commission, the Council of the European Union, and the European Council, as well as the NATO headquarters and one of the seats of the European Parliament. Read more

Belgium is member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). It is notable for its highly productive workforce and high gross national product (GNP).

The services sector is the biggest contributor to Belgium’s economy, with the great majority of the country’s workforce employed in private or public services. Manufacturing and construction are the next-largest employers. Though coal mining was a major industry in the last century, it employs only a tiny percentage of Belgium’s workforce today. 

High exports per capita are a key characteristic of the Belgian economy. Major exports include machinery and equipment, motor vehicles, chemicals and pharmaceutical products, machinery, plastics, food products, textile products, and metal and metal products.

One of Belgium’s leading multinationals is insurance company Ageas, headquartered in Brussels. The US is the largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Belgium, and US companies, including Caterpillar, Coca-Cola, Ford, McDonald’s and ManpowerGroup, are among the country’s biggest employers.

This section features the latest news, articles, tools and resources to help you achieve your business objectives and goals. With contributions from specialists across the global mobility and relocation industry and the latest perspectives from regional conferences, we analyse key trends influencing Belgium’s relocation and global mobility scene. 

We investigate the latest trends in inbound, outbound and domestic relocation – from key relocation destinations and industry sectors to immigration and talent management – as well as the full range of employee and family support topics, including residential property, serviced apartments, and education and international schools.

HR and global managers with international assignees will find practical advice and information. There’s also plenty of support for those setting up a business or a company office in Belgium. 

See also our Enterprise and Mobility Industry sections. For details of suppliers of international assignment and recruitment services, as well as destination services providers and relocation management companies that support businesses on the move, see our Directory. Keep informed by subscribing to our newsletters and other publications, and look out for details of our latest study tours and fact-finding missions to destinations across Europe.

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News and features

British School of Brussels

The rise of global student mobility

In recent years, the number of students enrolled in universities and higher-education institutions outside their countries of citizenship has risen dramatically. Gaining international experience has become a top priority for school-leavers. We explore this growing global trend, and look at the ramifications of Brexit.

Immigration

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Regulation of the practice of immigration and immigration specific legislation in Belgium

In Belgium there are 3 regions. Employment is a regional competence, while residency is a federal one. Consequently, there is a lot of legislation concerning foreign national workers. On top of this, there is also additional regional legislation and EU laws and regulation.
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Immigration to Belgium and Luxembourg in the age of Covid-19 and Brexit

What are the latest immigration changes for Belgium and Luxembourg? Massimo Maesen, partner and practice leader of Expat Management Group Belux provides an update.
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Data gaps 'cast doubt' on EU expat numbers

"Significant gaps" in government data make it difficult to assess how effective the EU Settlement Scheme is.

Education

New data from global mobility specialist, ECA International has revealed the average cost per year for a place at international schools in locations around the world.

Global international school fees: a comparison

New data from global mobility specialist, ECA International has revealed the average cost per year for a place at international schools in locations around the world.
British School of Brussels

Employer engagement in action

Pupils from the British School of Brussels visited the Solvay headquarters to learn more about the company and its staff, to educate them about different career paths available in the global market.
British School of Brussels

The rise of global student mobility

In recent years, the number of students enrolled in universities and higher-education institutions outside their countries of citizenship has risen dramatically. Gaining international experience has become a top priority for school-leavers. We explore this growing global trend, and look at the ramifications of Brexit.

Short-and-long-term accommodation

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International removals: moving with the times

In this tech- and talent-driven age, people are returning to the heart of relocation. FIDI Global Alliance’s Magali Horbert caught up with Ruth Holmes to talk customer experience, the new accreditation for destination service providers and the body’s new direction and leadership.
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Don’t rely on luck when choosing a moving partner

Jesse van Sas, secretary general of FIDI Global Alliance and sponsor of the Best International Removals Provider award, explains the value of the FIDI Accredited International Mover (FAIM) quality programme.
BBF keeps up with the fast-paced relocation market at EuRA

BBF keeps up with the fast-paced relocation market at EuRA

Belgian serviced apartment provider BBF explains how networking at the EuRA International Relocation Congress enhances its understanding of the relocation sector and the service it offers to clients.
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