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Where do Foreign Nationals Live in France?

Thursday 01 December 2011

There are 3.6 million foreign nationals living in France, and newly released figures show the regions where they live.

The Ile de France has the largest population of foreign nationals, with nearly 1.5m who have decided to settle there. The region also has the largest share (12.4%) of foreign nationals as a percentage of the total population.

The number of residents from the EEA as a percentage of the total foreign population is highest in the Poitou Charentes region, where 62% of foreign residents are of European origin. Not surprisingly it is closely followed by Aquitaine on 59%.

Some may be surprised at the low level of foreign residents in Brittany (1.8%), around half of whom come from the European Union. The same pattern also appears in Normandy (1.9%) and the Pays de la Loire (1.9%).

If you are not interested in percentages, but simply total numbers, then Lower Normandy has only 27,432 foreign residents, half of whom are from the EEA.

The number of of foreign nationals in France remains relatively small at 3.6 million (5.8%), which falls to 2.1 million (4.3%) outside of the Ile de France.

The figures come from the French national statistical agency, INSEE.

  Number of Foreign Residents Share of the population (%) European Union Nationals(%)
Alsace 139 481 7.6 37.4
Aquitaine 129 135 4.1 58.7
Auvergne 43 643 3.3 51.7
Bourgogne 63 220 3.9 44.4
Brittany 57 255 1.8 49.0
Centre 102 616 4.1 38.2
Champagne-Ardenne 49 811 3.7 36.0
Corse 24 747 8.2 41.9
Franche-Comté 52 191 4.5 25.8
Île-de-France 1 446 558 12.4 29.0
Languedoc-Roussillon 143 338 5.6 42.9
Limousin 30 108 4.1 50.9
Lorraine 120 318 5.1 50.4
Midi-Pyrénées 126 630 4.5 51.6
Nord-Pas-de-Calais 127 501 3.2 34.1
Lower-Normandy 27 432 1.9 49.5
Upper-Normandy 50 660 2.8 25.8
Pays de la Loire 65 564 1.9 36.4
Picardy 62 488 3.3 35.6
Poitou-Charentes 46 532 2.7 62.0
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur 307 348 6.3 34.8
Rhône-Alpes 386 837 6.3 34.8
Province 2 156 857 4.3 40.7
Metropolitan France 3 603 415 5.8 36.0

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