British migration to France

British migration to France has resulted in France being home to one of the largest British-born populations outside the United Kingdom. Migration from the UK to France has increased rapidly from the 1990s onwards. Estimates of the number of British citizens living in France vary from 170,000[2] to 400,000.[3][4][5] Besides Paris, many British expatriates tend to be concentrated in the regions of southern France, Brittany, and recently the island of Corsica.[6][7][failed verification]

British by birth.
British citizens in France
Citoyens Britanniques en France
Total population
est. 400,000[1]
Regions with significant populations
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
English, French
Anglicanism, Protestantism, Atheism, Irreligion, Catholicism
Related ethnic groups


Population sizeEdit

There are conflicting estimates of the size of the British community in France. Estimates range from 172,000-400,000.[2][8] The main destinations of British migration to France apart from Paris are rural areas of France and the southern areas of the country. The major regions chosen by this community are Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Brittany and Corsica. In Eymet, Dordogne, British expatriates account for a third of the local population, and in Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche and l'Etang-la-Ville in the Yvelines department near Paris, are a large proportion of UK nationals.


In 2014, the National Statistics Institute (INSEE, for its acronym in French) published a study, reporting that there are double the number of British immigrants, this increase having resulted from the financial crisis that affected several countries in Europe in that period; as a result, this has driven up the number of Europeans living in France.[9] The British immigrants in France show a 50% growth between 2009 and 2012.[10][9]

Other European immigrants in France: Portuguese 8%, British 5%, Spanish 5%, Italians 4%, Germans 4%, Romanians 3%, Belgians 3%.[11][9] Displaced workers of Europe in France are: Poles (18% of the total), followed by the Portuguese people (15%) and Romanians (13%).[12][9]

Notable peopleEdit

Alex Taylor

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Présentation du Royaume-Uni". France Diplomatie : : Ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires étrangères.
  2. ^ a b "How many British immigrants are there in other countries". Royal Statistical Society.
  3. ^ "Présentation du Royaume-Uni". France Diplomatie : : Ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires étrangères (in French). Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  4. ^ Gerard, Maïder (2017-06-19). "Brexit : hausse de 254 % du nombre de Britanniques demandant la nationalité française en 2016". Le (in French). ISSN 1950-6244. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  5. ^ Bennett, Asa (2015-05-21). "Emigration nation: who are the thousands fleeing Britain each year?". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  6. ^ "Brits Abroad". BBC. 6 December 2006. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Where have the figures come from?". Brits Abroad FAQs: The data. BBC. 11 December 2006. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  8. ^ "The British in Europe". MigrationWatch.
  9. ^ a b c d "Qui sont les nouveaux immigrés qui vivent en France ?". (in French). Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  10. ^ 20Minutos. "El número de inmigrantes españoles en Francia se ha duplicado con la crisis". - Últimas Noticias. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-05. Retrieved 2014-11-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Travailleurs détachés : que disent (vraiment) les chiffres ?". (in French). Retrieved 2017-12-18.