Three municipalities around Brussels launch pilot project to welcome expats
Thursday, 22 March 2018
Expats make up 22% of the population in Tervuren.
Last week, the municipalities of Tervuren, Zaventem and Hoeilaart officially unveiled the launch of a new integration project aimed at newcomers and the expats already living there. The communes’ local authorities emphasise the importance the expats have, so the aim is to strengthen the contact between them and the local community. The project’s new website, Expat op pad or Expats Explore, provides useful information in French, Dutch and English and is backed up by a welcome team of volunteers to support newcomers find their way in their new neighbourhoods.
Expats can find practical information per municipality in the new website: from everything related to local schools, sports activities to the disposal of green waste.
Minister Ben Weyts, responsible for the Flemish periphery of Brussels and whose office financially supports the project, is enthusiastic about the new project. Speaking at the project’s launch event, he said, “thanks to a congenial melting pot with a wide range of projects like this one, we can attract newcomers and expats.”