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

Studying overseas: the rise of global mobility

Studying overseas: 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

Visa free access around the world

Visa-free access continues to increase globally

The latest Henley Passport Index has shown that despite a growing polarity in immigration discourse countries around the world continue to maintain or increase their visa free access.
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Belgium alters notification requirements for posting workers

Modifications have been made to the notification requirements when sending workers on international assignment to Belgium. Changes will take affect on from the 1st of October 2017.
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Big fall in EU workers searching for jobs in the UK

New analysis shows a remarkable fall in EU nationals searching for work in the UK, with Belgium at the top of the list with a drop of 48.2 per cent.

Education

Studying overseas: the rise of global mobility

Studying overseas: 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.
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Justine Henin Academy & St John’s International School launch new pro tennis school

A new school for pro tennis, a collaboration between the Justine Henin Academy and St John's International School, has launched in Belgium.
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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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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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BBF expands with 20 exclusive properties in Brussels

The team at serviced apartments provider BBF discuss the addition of another 20 units to their collection in the heart of the Belgian capital.
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