The research was conducted by the Flemish Government’s research department among a sample of the Flemish population aged between 18 and 85. 45% said that they prefer to live in a neighborhood with people of Belgian descent only. A further 38% wanted to live in an area with a Belgian descent majority.
Flanders News An even higher percentage, 47%, believe that immigrants come to Belgium to profiteer from our social security provisions.
40% of Flemings feel that Muslims form a threat to “our culture and customs.”
Xenophobia and racist attitudes are not dominant though. Half of all Flemings said that they believed that the presence of different cultures formed an enrichment to our society.
The research revealed that to a large extent different groups live very separate lives even though they may live in the same neighbourhood. Over half of all Flemings (51%) never have any contacts with the immigrants in their neighbourhood.