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

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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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Creating Happy Endings – Building on your Foreign Work Experiences

Working abroad can have disastrous consequences. Yet, international work should benefit both individuals and organisations after repatriation. How can you ensure a happy ending for yourself?
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Remote working: Are the positives of global mobility unravelling?

A series of reports from companies such as KPMG, Mercer, and HSBC present varying approaches to the increase of home working as a result of the pandemic. David Sapsted explores the global mobility dimension.
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Prime property prices rising globally

Prime real estate markets in cities across the globe are on course to see price rises over the course of this year, according to international estate agents Astons.

Short-and-long-term accommodation

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AltoVita creates best practice in sustainable corporate accommodation and travel

Corporate accommodation platform AltoVita provides sustainable vision for travel sector with geotagging and data analytics, as their Smart, Safe, Sustainable Innovation Summit sets measurable roadmap to sustainability.
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UK and Germany top serviced apartment openings

HVS’s latest annual Serviced Apartment report for Europe shows the region will see an expected 13,400 new branded units open by 2025. Co-living and connectedness are also significant new trends.
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Brexit moved to EU much lower than expected

Far fewer jobs in financial services based in the UK have relocated to the European Union than originally anticipated in the wake of the Brexit referendum almost six years ago, according to the latest survey.
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