Spaniards in France

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Spaniards in France
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Total population
Total population of Spanish ancestry
Unknown (Estimates vary between 500,000 and 1,200,000
Residents of France born in Spain
215,183 (2014 Census)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Paris (Metropolitan Area), Toulouse, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Bordeaux
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Spaniards in France comprise people from Spain residing in France and their descendants. They may be French citizens or non-citizen immigrants or expatriates.

Spanish immigration to France began from ancient times up to the present time and the French Republic is the second largest Spanish community outside Spain. The Spanish arrived mainly attracted by the job and new lifestyles, as well due to conflicts and armed movements in Spain which prompted the Spanish to emigrate to France.[2] Of these, according to the census of 2010 in Spain, 183,277 reside in the French Republic.[3]


The 2012 Census recorded 198,182 Spanish-born people.[4]

Year Spanish-born population Other data Foreigners Migrants Inflow
1999 144,039[5] 160,000[6]
2005 307,012[7]
2006 300,019[7]
2007 295,860[7] 262,000


2008 290,285[7] 257,000[8]
2009 179.678[9]
2010 183,277[10]
2011 189,909[11] 129,087[12] 245,013[13]
2012 198,182 5,687[14]
2013 206,589[15]
2014 215,183[16]


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