In 2012, the INSEE counted, a total of 229,600 of entries in France from migrants born abroad. Those born in Portugal accounted for 8% of this total and were the largest contingent of new migrants, followed by those born in Algeria (7%) and Morocco (7%). Currently, France is the second country to which more Portuguese emigrate.
Portuguese migrants were mostly male (55%), young (median age 27 years old) and poorly qualified: more than half (56%) had, at most, basic education and only 14% had a college degree. In comparative terms, Portuguese migrants were not only the ones with less academic qualifications, but also the most integrated in the labour market: 84% of men and 57% of women were employed in the year of arrival in France.
Cite as Espírito Santo, Inês, e Cláudia Pereira (2015), “18 thousand Portuguese emigrated to France in 2012”, Observatório da Emigração. http://observatorioemigracao.pt/np4EN/4276.html