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E.g., 06/08/2021
Country Resource - France

France

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  • Population...................................................................... 68,084,217 (July 2021 est.)
  • Population growth rate .................................................................. 0.33% (2021 est.)
  • Birth rate..................................................... 11.77 births/1,000 population (2021 est.)
  • Death rate................................................... 9.58 deaths/1,000 population (2021 est.)
  • Net migration rate................................. 1.06 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2021 est.)
  • Ethnic groups*....................... Celtic and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African, Indochinese, Basque minorities

* Overseas departments: Black, White, Mulatto, East Indian, Chinese, Amerindian

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

CIA World Factbook

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Since the mid-19th century, French immigration policy has had two aims: to meet the needs of the labor market by introducing migrant workers, and to compensate French demographic deficits by favoring the permanent installation of foreign families, while ensuring their integration. This country profile examines France's approach to migration.

Recent Activity

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.

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