In France, a substantial part of the population was born outside the country or raised by foreign-born parents. Many of them are French speaking and originate from former colonies in Africa. Irregular migration has attracted public attention frequently in the past decades, for example in connection with ?sans-papiers? seizing churches and the camp Sangatte that hosted irregular transit migrants to the UK. Particularly since 2005, policy responses have been highly restrictive, with increased policing of the borders and the interior.
CLANDESTINO Policy Brief (July 2009)
Total population (2006): 62 998 773
Foreign nationals (2006): 3 510 000
Foreign nationals as % of total: 5.6%
EU founding member: 1957