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France Immigration by Country

What are the most common countries of birth for French residents who were not born in France?
2014 data. Source.
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Last updated: July 1, 2019
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Country
773,742
Algeria
721,963
Morocco
615,132
Portugal
286,187
Italy
265,549
Tunisia
249,591
Turkey
246,409
Spain
148,797
United Kingdom
118,600
Germany
113,986
Belgium
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Country
102,744
Romania
99,528
China
92,131
Poland
91,949
Senegal
78,480
Ivory Coast
76,369
Cameroon
75,340
Serbia
75,195
Vietnam
74,630
D.R. Congo
68,826
Mali
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level ∞
Jul 1, 2019
I reset this quiz to use the official statistics from the French census. Other statistics from the UN and Eurostat have different numbers. The Wikipedia pages (both French and English versions) are very bad. These numbers might not include naturalized citizens, but I'm not sure.
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level 74
Jul 1, 2019
There's a definitions tag on top of your source. An immigrant is a person born abroad as a foreigner (non-French) and living in France. This quality is permanent. So naturalized French citizens are included in the numbers, but not French citizens by birth born abroad.
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level ∞
Jul 1, 2019
That's a good definition and makes sense. The only problem is that the total number of immigrants given by the census appears to be smaller than that given by other sources.
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level 74
Jul 3, 2019
Maybe other sources include estimates for undocumented immigrants? But then you'd likely get just a total number, not by country..
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level 70
Jul 1, 2019
Missed my own country.
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level 58
Jul 2, 2019
Missed that too!
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level 62
Aug 25, 2019
Me too! xD And the one next to it.
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level 77
Jul 1, 2019
easy
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level 58
Jul 2, 2019
Missed Serbia
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level 49
Aug 25, 2019
Isnt Armenian diaspora pretty strong in France?
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level 37
Aug 25, 2019
Yes but the Armenians came many decades ago, after the genocide, so their descendants are French-born now.
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level 40
Nov 8, 2019
Yep, the 3rd world's biggest. My hometown of Marseilles is the main population center for Armenians in France, about 1/10 or 1/8 of the people I've known at school or at my workplace are Armenians.
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level 45
Aug 25, 2019
Wow. Really surprised by Portugal! Does anyone know why there are so many immigrants from there?
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level 34
Aug 25, 2019
From what I understand, lots of Portuguese fled from Salazar's regime. The closest country that wasn't a dictatorship as well, given that Franco ruled over Spain back then, was France, which also happened to be a more developped country. Historically France is used to welcome immigrants as wars had depleted their male population (e.g. the Franco-Prussian wars, WW1 and to a lesser degree WW2). I think that also helped a bit.
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level 37
Aug 25, 2019
Portugal was also very poor in the 1960s and the 1970s.
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level 40
Nov 8, 2019
Please note that the number of Algerian, Tunisian or Morrocan-born residents may also include Pieds Noirs (children of French or otherwise European colonists who were granted French citizenship in the early 20th century and all came to mainland France after those countries became independent in the 50's and 60's). They are in their 60's and over now, but there are still a lot of them in the South.