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18 thousand Portuguese emigrated to France in 2012
Inês Espírito Santo & Cláudia Pereira
According to the data of Institut National de la Statistique et des Études Économiques (INSEE), in 2012 about 18 thousand Portuguese arrived in France. Of these, only 14% had a higher education diploma, which made the Portuguese migration the less qualified, along with that of the Turks, of which, on that year, chose France as a destination. +

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


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