In 2020, the international migration balance for Belgium was 41,756, so more people immigrated to Belgium than emigrated. This is what emerged from the figures of Statbel, the Belgian statistical office.
In 2020, 144,169 people immigrated to Belgium via various administrative channels. Conversely, 102,413 people emigrated from Belgium.
In 2020, the international migration balance compensated for the negative natural balance (the number of births minus the number of deaths) and even caused a slight population growth of 28,597 inhabitants, so that Belgium had 11,521,238 inhabitants on 01/01/2021.
The international migration balance of 41,756 in 2020 is a decrease compared to the balance of 55,031 in 2019 (-24.1%). This decrease may be due to the Covid-19 pandemic that also hindered the movement of people.