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    Belgian population increased by 8.4% over the last 13 years

    Between 2000 and 2013, the country’s population has increased by 8.4%, growing from 10,200,000 to 11,100,000. The newspaper, Le Sior reported on the Monday that this influx, however, is not homogeneously distributed. In Wallonia, the province of Luxembourg has experienced a population boom due to its power of attraction.

    Brussels has also experienced tremendous population growth: +20.3% since 2000,  however mainly western, central and northern Brussels has been affected+ 33% Molenbeek, 29% for Anderlecht + 26% of Brussels city, 24% for Jette and 23.5% for Schaerbeek, the newspaper said.

     The suburbanization  of Brussels has also continued  over the last 13 years following the highway, to Namur and Liege. Communities such as Perwez Jodoigne, Hannuit,  and Heron have also registered an increase of 20% of their population, composed mainly of people who work in Brussels, but want to live in the countryside.

     The newspaper, Le Soir,  also noted a phenomenon in the return to city centers. Liege, Mons, Namur Charleroi show positive growth rates. This phenomenon is also observed in Flanders where cities like Antwerp and Ghent are growing strongly.

    Jason Bennett (Source : Belga)