Cape Verdeans in France
|Regions with significant populations|
|Paris, Marseille, Amiens, Lyon, Nice|
|French, Bambara, Cape Verdean Creole|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Black people in France, Afro-French|
Cape Verdeans began arriving in France in 1964, from Rotterdam, Dakar, and Lisbon. They took jobs in the coals mines, in the iron foundries, and as masons. Women typically became domestics. The Cape Verdeans immigrates concentrated in the cities of Paris, Creil, Amiens, Marseilles, Lyon, and Nice.
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.
Notable Cape Verdean French
- University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth. "1995 Cape Verdean Diaspora Population Estimates."
- Marc-Montclos, Antoine Pérouse de. "The Political Value of Remittances: Cape Verde, Comores, and Lesotho - Diasporas, Remittances and Africa South of the Sahara - A Strategic Assessment." Institute for Security Studies. Retrieved October 18, 2007.
- A Semana. "Cape Verdean Consulate in Marseille assists émigrés in job search."
- CIA Factbook page on France
- Cape Verde revealed to France through the Works of Painters and Photographers