Congolese people in France

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Congolese people in France
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Total population
Regions with significant populations
Paris, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Bordeaux, Strasbourg
Kongo, Lingala, French
Roman Catholicism, Protestantism
Related ethnic groups
Black people in France, Afro-French

Congolese people in France consist of migrants from Democratic Republic of the Congo and Republic of the Congo and their descendants living and working in France.


The first Congolese people in France arrived later than the first Black African immigrants. Indeed, people from the Senegal River Valley (Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, Guinea) who arrived in the 1960s. People from Central Africa (from Cameroon and Congo, mostly), arrived in the 1970s.[1] Most of them come for work or familial reunification, but there is also a big number of Congolese people who come with the statute of political asylum.[2]