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Ethnicity of Parisians in 2010

France has always attracted people from across the globe for numerous
reasons, including commerce, culture and tourism. Migration here especially
picked up in the 19 th century as the Industrial Revolution opened new job
opportunities. As with many European countries, France faced an acute
shortage of labour after WWII and the government decided to recruit
immigrants as workers. Most of them came from Europe, Latin America and
Africa, and they took this call to earn their livelihoods in a developed country.
From 1962 to 1975, Algerians, Vietnamese, Pakistanis and Japanese too came
here in substantial numbers and the government granted refugee status to
most of them. This resulted in another coming of immigrants from dictatorial
countries of Europe, mostly as refugees.
Being the capital of the nation, Paris attracted majority of these immigrants.
Even in the contemporary times, immigrants are arriving, though in less
numbers, but steadily. A study on the ethnic mix of population in the city can
be easily done, sighting the data recorded in the official census of 2010. The
authorities do not ask the residents their ethnic background as per the
prevailing law, but they do record their original nationality. Many of these
nationalities have significant numbers in the city and during vacations
travellers may interact with them and learn about their native cultures. Below
is a description of some of the largest nationalities, represented by its
Paris perhaps is the best place to mingle with native Frenchmen during
holidays as they make up the majority here. The 2010 census recorded
8100250 of them, residing in the French capital, and they are the ones who
have influenced the culture here the most. They have a diverse and complex
ethnic background as they descended from various communities, such as the
Belgae, Visigoths, Celts, Franks, Greeks, Iberians, Saxons and Vikings. As of
2010, 3885076 of these inhabitants in the city were males, while 4215178
were females. The report also reveals that the majority of these residents were
in the age-group of 25-54, while the age-group of 15-24 had the least of them.
Tours to the French capital can also be utilised to be a part of the various
African cultures that thrive here proudly. The largest African community is
of Algerians, who recorded a population of 180849. The middle part of the
20th century saw a heavy Algerian migration to France and its capital. After
Algeria became independent in 1954, the migration of its citizens to the nation
increased further. Moroccans are the second largest African community in
the city, with over 130440 members. Tunisians with over 60000 inhabitants is
the third-largest community from Africa here. The city is also home to 56263
inhabitants from Mali, 33248 from Ivory Coast, 25029 from Cameroon and

281810 of those who trace their origins to Congo. Courtesy these immigrants,
Paris has developed a rich African culture, characterised by stores selling
traditional things from the continent like decorated teapots.
Meeting some Portuguese people in the city during vacation trips here is also
a possibility, as in 2010, they were the largest nationality here after the French
themselves. In the above-mentioned year, there were about 197739
Portuguese people living here. They came to Paris mainly in the 1960s and
1970s owing to the dictatorial situation in their homeland. Since the Middle
Ages, the Italian community too has grown continuously here and in 2010,
approximately 40555 residents said that they had Italian origins. Renaissance
led to a boom in Italian migration, and artists, architects and writers were
invited by the French Monarchy to give a new dimension to their native culture.
France and Spain share a close relationship with each other due to the
overwhelming number of Spaniards in the former nation. As per the report
cited, 31196 people of Spanish descent were living in the French capital.
Romania and Poland also had significant representatives in the city, with 27098
and 24012 descendants, respectively.
Asia, Americas and Oceania
Paris has a buzzing Chinatown district owing to its ever-growing Chinese
population. As per the 2010 census, more than 59000 inhabitants of Chinese
ancestry and origin reside here. WWI brought a large number of Chinese
citizens to the city and many of them settled here after the war ended.
Numbering around 52323, the Turks make up the largest Asian
community here after the Chinese. The earliest Turks came here as slaves
and merchants from the Ottoman Empire in the 16 th and 17th centuries. In
1965, an agreement was signed between France and Turkey, as the former was
in need of workers and the latter agreed to provide some. In comparison to all
these, there are only about 16540 people from the Americas with over 15400
from the USA alone. Australians and New Zealanders are represented by only
1891 residents here, accounting for an acute minority here.