Migration flows continued to increase in 2006, with official figures showing that more than 83 000 foreigners had immigrated to Belgium. This was 8% more than in 2005 and was the highest level recorded for over twenty years. Just over half of these entrants
came from European Union countries, with French and Dutch nationals accounting for the bulk of migrants, the latter two nationalities representing more than one‐fifth of new entrants. It should be noted, though, that immigration flows from Poland continued
to rise steeply (a little over 6 500 people, i.e. an increase of nearly 40% compared to 2005).