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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Are EU citizens secure in the event of No Deal Brexit?

The London city law firm of Hudson McKenzie outlines immigration plans for EU citizens should there be a no-deal Brexit. What are the main points?
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UK scraps plan to end freedom of movement

EU immigration U-turn from new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government. What is the latest on freedom of movement for EU citizens living in the UK?
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Brexit: business anxiety over freedom of movement U-turn

Business leaders have expressed dismay over the government's announcement that freedom of movement for European Economic Area citizens would abruptly end if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal on October 31.

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.
Relocate Global Guide to Education and Schools in the UK 2019/20

Languages: opening a world of opportunities

Learning a new language is one of the first – and greatest – challenges of relocating to another country. We look at the opportunities that it provides and find out how some of the UK’s top independent schools approach language teaching.

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.
Family moving boxes

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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