Mauritanians in France

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Mauritanians in France
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Paris, Seine-Saint-Denis
French, Arabic, Soninké
Sunni Islam
Related ethnic groups
Black people in France, Afro-French

Mauritanians in France consist of migrants from Mauritania and their descendants living and working in France. They are one of the diasporas from Black Africa in France.


The wave of Mauritanians immigrants began in the 1960s. At that time, France requested immigrants from West Africa (Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Guinea). A lot of men workers came in France, followed by their wives and children. A few thousands of Mauritanians came in France to work in the automotive industry. But, this wave of immigrants stopped in the 1980s, because of the hardening of immigration policy in France.[1]


Most of the Mauritanians are Soninké people from the Senegal River Valley, at the extreme south of Mauritania. There is also a significant number of Mauritanians who are born in France.[1]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b " -" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04.