With an average age of 27, the population of Moroccan origin in Belgium can help alleviate the problem of ageing.
On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of Moroccan immigration, the UCL and the Federal Centre for Migration yesterday published a vast demographic study on the population of Moroccan origin in Belgium. This research reveals the crucial role played by this category of persons in the ageing of the Belgian population. "The population of Moroccan origin has the distinctive feature of consisting of young and very young people," says Quentin Schoonvaere, author of the study. As shown by figures: the average age of people of Moroccan origin, in our country, is around 27. And while it represents 3.9% of the total population in Belgium, the proportion of the population of Moroccan origin rises to 6.7% among those under 15.
These figures allow a glimpse of the demographic opportunity that these persons of Moroccan origin represent at a time when Belgium is confronting the challenge of the ageing of its population. "The majority of the persons of Moroccan origin were born in Belgium and 80% of them have Belgian nationality. Belgium's future clearly lies with these people," declares Quentin Schoonvaere. The large number of persons of Moroccan age of child-bearing age as well as the new generations of children already present indicates that the demographic dynamism in this category of the population could grow even further. "In addition, we have observed that the fecundity on the population of Moroccan origin is larger than within the total population, even in the second generation," specifies Quentin Schoonvaere.
... 429,580 - This is the number of people of Moroccan origin, that is to say with at lest one parent who was born with Moroccan nationality, who were living in Belgium on 1 January 2012. This represents around 3.9% of the population of the country, a figure that has more than doubled in 20 years. ...
x 1.5 - Women of Moroccan origin in the second generation have a rate of fertility that is one and a half times greater than that of all women residing in Belgium.Source: lalibre.be