2005 OECD Economic Surveys: Belgium 2005

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This survey of Belgium's economy takes a comprehensive look at the country's most pressing economic problem: population ageing.  After looking at the economic and budget consequences of ageing, the report examines a number of responses including putting public finances on a sustainable path, constraining health expenditure growth, increasing the employment rate, enhancing the economic impact of migration, raising achievement in secondary education, and increasing productivity growth.

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Enhancing the Economic Impact of Migration

This chapter looks at measures to enhance the economic impact of migration in Belgium. Migrants come not only from other EU countries, but also from Northern Africa, Turkey and Central Africa (former Zaire) and Asia. More recently migration is mainly driven by family re-union (also helped by a regularisation programme) and asylum seekers. The economic integration of foreigners from non-EU countries is very weak. Employment rates among women are particularly low while men suffer from exceptionally high unemployment rates. The PISA study finds...

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