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    Increasing numbers of Walloons working in Flanders

    The number of Walloons finding work in Flanders has climbed by 23% in two years. This is reported today (Thursday) in the Gazet van Antwerpen and on RTBF (the Belgian radio and television channel).

    The Flemish Employment Minister, Philippe Muyters (New Flemish Alliance), says, “VDAB (a major job site) and Le Forem (Belgium’s employment and training service) are increasingly working together.”

    In a response by Philippe Muyters to a parliamentary question, he states that in 2014 13,498 Flemish job offers were accepted by Walloons. In 2016, this was the case for 16,669 job offers.

    The Minister states, “This increase is, in particular, due to a shortage in the employment market” within the north of the country. He goes on, “The rate of unemployment in Flanders has been decreasing for more than a year. There are therefore lower workforce numbers available, and businesses are having to turn to Brussels and Wallonia as well to make up the shortfall.”

    Mr Muyters indicated, “In addition, there is now increased partnership-working between VDAB and Le Forem.”

    Christopher Vincent
    The Brussels Times