Northern, Southern and Western Europe
Belgium ranks 4 out of 162 countries in the Gender Inequality Index, where a high rank equals high equality. Women should always be considered as a particularly vulnerable group though.
Belgium has a Workplace Index score of 2.3, a Marketplace Index score of 3.4 and a Community and Environment Index score of 1.5 in the Children’s Rights and Business Atlas, where countries receive scores between 0 and 10. A score closer to 0 reflects a need for basic children’s rights due diligence, while a higher score reflects a need for enhanced or heightened due diligence. Children should always be considered as a particularly vulnerable group though.
Persons with Disabilities
Due to differences in data collection and definitions it is difficult to compare countries on disability prevalence rates. Persons with disabilities should always be considered as a particularly vulnerable group though.
Minorities and Indigenous Peoples
According to the World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples, the population groups in Belgium include Flemings (57 %), Walloons (32 %) and German-speaking Belgians (0.7 %). There are also an estimated 30,000 Roma. The total foreign population was almost 12 per cent of the total population in 2018. Foreign nationals occupy a wide range of jobs from highly paid professional work to low-paid manual and seasonal work.
According to the ILO Global Estimates on International Migrant Workers, migrant workers as a proportion of all workers is 18.4 % in the subregion Northern, Southern and Western Europe.
Persons in Armed Conflict
Belgium ranks 162 out of 179 countries in the Fragile States Index, where a high rank equals high fragility. For monthly crisis updates, check out CrisisWatch.