In 1995, it was estimated that there were 8,000 Cape Verdeans in France. The 1999 census counted 21,000 descendants. In 2007, the embassy in Paris had 17,544 registered Cape Verdeans. However, that number only includes those who are documented and registered. There are many who are undocumented or who choose not to register with the embassy. Additionally, tabulating is difficult because many Cape Verdeans arrived in France with passports from other host countries, like Portugal or the Netherlands. Thus, taking all these factors into consideration, the embassy estimates that there are about 25,000 Cape Verdeans and their descendants currently residing in France.
In 2008, the Cape Verde Consulate in Marseille was attempting to help Cape Verdeans in France to find jobs.