Immigrants Now Make Up 10 Percent of France’s Population, Says Statistics Agency
AFP, March 31, 2023
A tenth of people living in France in 2021 were born foreigners, national statistics agency INSEE said on Thursday, in its first study on immigration in a decade.
In comparison, 6.5 percent of French residents hailed from abroad in 1968, it added.
More than a third of immigrants in France in 2021 had acquired French citizenship, it said.
Migration had contributed to the country’s diverse makeup, the statistics agency’s Sylvie Le Minez said.
“A third of France’s population has a link to immigration over three generations,” she said.
While immigrants half a century ago largely hailed from southern Europe, in 2021 many had come from North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia, Le Minez said.
More than 12 percent of immigrants that year were born in Algeria, another 12 percent in Morocco, and 4 percent from Tunisia, the study said.