Migrations of VAT-registered enterprises

Migrations of VAT-registered enterprises

Enterprises
Migratory

In 2018, 1,637 Brussels enterprises have moved to Flanders. This is the most significant migratory flow:  it is higher by 410 units than the number of migrations of enterprises located in Flanders moving to Brussels (1,227).

Migratory flows between Brussels and Wallonia are less significant, but also to the disadvantage of Brussels. 889 Walloon enterprises have moved to Brussels, while 1,141 enterprises left Brussels to settle in Wallonia.

The share of enterprises moving to Brussels is, however, much more pronounced for Walloon enterprises, because the active population of Walloon enterprises is less significant than the one in Flanders.

Finally, there were 533 movements from Flanders to Wallonia, and 427 in the opposite direction.

These regional migratory flows show the same trend over the years. These flows are also more significant when it comes to enterprises that are not employers.

Regional migrations
Content

Purpose and short description

Regional migrations of active enterprises subject to VAT since 2008, based on the business register DBRIS, per year, region, economic activity (NACE-BEL), employment class and type of enterprise (natural person or legal entity).

Survey population

VAT-registered enterprises

Periodicity

Annual

Release calendar

Results available 9 months after the reference period

Definitions

Economic activity (NACE-BEL): Official nomenclature with an ‘X’ at the end when the information is only on 4 positions.

NIS employment class: NIS employment class as defined in the official NIS nomenclature table

Methodology

In accounting for migrations, we have compared the population of active enterprises subject to VAT on 31/12 between two years and accounted for enterprises whose head office was moved during this period. We did not take into account the migration patterns between the three regions and abroad or unknown locations.  This is an annual statistic, which does not take into accounts events happening during the year (if several migrations have taken place during one year, we only take into account the one observed on the annual pictures on 31/12).