Malians in France

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Malians in France
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Paris, Seine-Saint-Denis, Toulouse, Lyon, Strasbourg
French, Bambara
Majority Sunni Islam, minority Roman Catholicism
Related ethnic groups
Black people in France, Afro-French

Malians in France consist of migrants from Mali and their descendants living and working in France. They are one of the diasporas from Black Africa in France's banlieue.


The first Malian immigrants came to France in the 1960s. At first, there were male workers from rural regions who came to find long-term employment in France. Then, in the 1970s, there were family reunifications, in which the wives and children of previous male immigrants came to live in France as well.[2]


Most Malians in France are rural migrants who came from the Senegal River valley,[2] and from the region of Kayes[1] at the extreme south of Mali, a very poor and arid region, at the frontier with Senegal and Mauritania.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Qui sont les Maliens de France ?". 18 January 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Migration and links to the "country of origin": the example of Malians in France" (in French). Retrieved 14 October 2013.