E.g., 06/30/2015
E.g., 06/30/2015

Country Resource - France

France

FR
  • Population......................................................................66,259,012 (July 2014 est.)*
  • Population growth rate .............................................................0.45% (2014 est.)
  • Birth rate...................................................12.49 births/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Death rate.................................................9.06 deaths/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Net migration rate...............................1.09 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2014 est.)
  • Ethnic groups.........Celtic and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African, Indochinese, Basque minorities; overseas departments: black, white, mulatto, East Indian, Chinese, Amerindian

* the above figure is for metropolitan France and five overseas regions; the metropolitan France population is 62,814,233

CIA World Factbook

With a history of encouraging workers to emigrate to relieve unemployment at home, Tunisia now has 11 percent of its population living abroad. The factors underlying the 2011 revolution that sparked the Arab Spring have also fueled emigration desires for many Tunisians. This country profile explores historical and current trends in Tunisia from colonial settlement to the aftermath of the Arab Spring, and the new focus on migrant rights at home and abroad.

Recent Activity

New measures by the United Kingdom to control illegal immigration, coupled with France's closure of a center long used as a base for asylum seekers trying to slip into the UK, signal fresh cooperation between London and Paris.

France is introducing a new three-pronged approach to immigrant integration: a revised integration plan, a proactive campaign against discrimination, and a more open but still highly selective immigration policy.

In the wake of mass protests by their community and supporters, tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants in France are awaiting word on their applications for legal residency. Sylvia Zappi, of Le Monde, describes the current situation.

Fewer opportunities may await asylum seekers in France, where stricter policies are overlapping with strained resources.

Though roundly defeated in the French presidential elections, the extreme right may continue to influence French immigration policy.

Pages