Moroccans in Belgium

Moroccans in Belgium
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Brussels, Antwerp, Liège, Mechelen, Charleroi
Moroccan Arabic, Berber, French, Dutch, German,
Sunni Islam
with Christian minorities[1]

In Belgium, the number of people of Moroccan origin (at least one parent born with Moroccan nationality) was 430,000 as of 1 January 2012, or about 4% of the country's population. This proportion is 6.7% for those under 15 years of age. This figure has more than doubled in 20 years. With a percentage of 4%, the Moroccan population (counting the Belgians of Moroccan origin) has the highest percentage in Europe among Moroccans residing abroad. The Brussels-Capital Region (45% of MREs in Belgium) has the most Moroccans in Belgium and Europe, followed by Antwerp (22.7%), Liège (8.8%) and Charleroi (5.2%). A large majority of Moroccans in Belgium originate from northern Morocco (Al Hoceima, Nador, Tangier, Tetouan and Oujda).[2][3]

After the Morocco national team qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Ivory Coast, the celebrations by the Moroccan community in Brussels turned into a riot with cars burnt and shops looted by some 300 rioters and 20 police officers injured.[4][5] Firefighters sent to put out the fires were also attacked by the rioters.[5]


In the 2012-2016 timespan, of the about 500 individuals left the country to fight in the civil war in Syria, the great majority were of Moroccan descent according to U.S. and Belgian authorities.[6] In a report by the Combating Terrorism Center, of the 135 individuals surveyed in connection with terrorism, there were 12 different nationalities. Of those 65% had Belgian citizenship and 33% were either Moroccan citizens or had ancestral roots there.[7]

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ Johnstone, Patrick; Miller, Duane (2015). "Believers in Christ from a Muslim Background: A Global Census". IJRR. 11: 14. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  2. ^ Libre.be, La. "1/2 siècle d'immigration belgo-marocaine" (in French). Retrieved 2017-07-25.
  3. ^ sudinfo.be. "429.580 Belges sont d'origine marocaine: deux fois plus qu'il y a 20 ans!". sudinfo (in French). Retrieved 2017-07-25.
  4. ^ "Brussels riot after Morocco football win". BBC News. 2017-11-12. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  5. ^ a b "Cars burnt, police hurt in Brussels after Morocco World Cup success". Reuters. 12 November 2017. Retrieved 2017-11-20.
  6. ^ "When It Comes To Radicalization In Belgium, Turks and Moroccans Are Different". NPR.org. Retrieved 2019-03-10. More than 500 Belgians have left for Syria since 2012 and most of them, according to Belgian and U.S. officials, have been of Moroccan descent.
  7. ^ Van Vlierden, Guy; Lewis, Jon; Rassler, Don (February 2018). Beyond the Caliphate (PDF). Combating Terrorism Center. p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 February 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2018.

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