Portuguese people in France

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Portuguese in France
Total population

(Total population of Portuguese ancestry
1,243,419 (2013) [1]

Residents of France born in Portugal 644,206 Portuguese-born (2013 Census)[2])
Regions with significant populations
Paris, Corsica,[3] Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Roubaix, Northeastern France, Île-de-France, Aquitaine, Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyrénées, Brittany, Poitou-Charentes, Corsica, Centre-Val de Loire, Limousin, Pays de la Loire, Lower Normandy, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
French, Portuguese
Roman Catholicism
Related ethnic groups
Italian, Spaniards

Portuguese in France (Luso-French) are citizens of ethnic Portuguese descent. They may be French citizens or non-citizen immigrants.

Portuguese immigration in France took place mainly during the 1960s and 1970s, to escape dictatorship and conscription, and to enable immigrants to find better living conditions. Portuguese migrants were sometimes referred as gens des baraques ("people from the barracks"). Most began working in construction.

There are different types of Portuguese who migrated to France. There are Portuguese professionals with college degrees, and there are Portuguese in construction or similar work, the Portuguese are known in France as hard workers.


In 1917, an avenue was named avenue des Portugais in Paris, the name pays tribute to the expeditionary forces sent by Lisbon (which represented 80,000 men). In the mid-1950s, Portuguese moved to France in significant numbers to escape António de Oliveira Salazar's dictatorship.[4]


Year Portuguese-born population Migrants Consulary records
(Total Portuguese)
Other data
1959 20,000[5]
1970 700,000[5]
1990 798,837[6]
1995 600.000[7]
1999 454,488[8] 555,000[9]
2005 567.000[10]
2006 490,000[11]
2007 576.084[10] 491,000[9]
2008 580,240[12] 1.079.524[10] 490,502
2009 585.000[10] 1.111.438[10]
2010 588.276[10] 1,145,531[10]
2011 500,891[13] 592,281[14] 1,161,900[15]
2012 599,333 [16] 1.190.798[10]
2013 644,206[17][18] 1.243.419[10]
Regional distribution of descendants:[19]
Regions Île-de-France Rhône-Alpes, Auvergne Paca, Languedoc-Roussillon other regions
% of total 36% 16% 3% 45%

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