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Total country population 11,500,000
Core Jewish population 28,900
Jews per total 1,000 in population 2.51
Population with a Jewish parent 35,000
Enlarged Jewish population 40,000
Law of Return Jewish population 45,000



  • The total population of Belgium on 1 January 2016 stood at 11,289,900. Its population grew by 80,900 in 2015, of which 69,100 was due to immigration.
  • As of 1 January 2016, the core Jewish population of Belgium was estimated to be 29,500 (0.26% of the wider population), and the enlarged Jewish population was estimated at 40,000 (0.35% of the wider population).
  • The core Jewish population was estimated to be 31,800 in 1990 (0.32% of the wider population), and has therefore declined by 6% over 25 years.
  • Between 1990 and 2015, 3,234 Belgians have emigrated to Israel.
  • An estimated 45,000 Belgians qualify for Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return.
  • The Belgian Jewish community is concentrated in Brussels and Antwerp, with the latter having a substantial Haredi Jewish presence.

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