Who are they?

Some 190,000 Europeans have settled in Brussels, though they don’t all work for a European institution. Some EU citizens have nothing to do with the EU sphere. Others work in jobs connected to the European institutions, such as European associations, lobbying offices, NGOs and regional offices. There are no precise figures available, but the total number of people linked to the EU (including family members) is estimated between 100,000 to 120,000. This represents about one in ten of the total Brussels population.    

These remain rough estimates, however. What figures do we actually have? We know how many people work for the European institutions (nearly 40,000), how many for NATO (4,000), we are aware of approximately how many lobbyists are active in Brussels (approximately 20,000), we know the number of journalists (more than 1,000) and diplomats (more than 5,000) and more than 9,000 students are enrolled in one European school in Brussels.

But no figures are available about staff of other international institutions, international companies, students in other international schools, etc.  In addition, not everyone working in the European/international sector lives in the Brussels Region and many Belgians are also part of the staff. For further information, download our memorandum ‘Brussels-Europe in figures’, available in French and in Dutch.

We can tell you exactly how many Danes or Italians live in your municipality. These figures can be found on the website of the FPS Economy – Directorate-General Statistics and Economic Information (Foreign population). The most recent figures about the number of adult Europeans with voting rights (split per nationality) can be found on the website of the State Register. For further information on this topic, consult the following studies .

These figures only represent the tip of the iceberg. To know more about the profile of Europeans working in Brussels, further research is required, which is why the Europe.Brussels Liaison Office will conduct a large-scale survey among this specific target audience in the autumn of 2011. Would you like to know more?