British migration to France

British by birth.
British citizens in France
Citoyens Britanniques en France
Total population
(est. 400,000[1])
Regions with significant populations
Aquitaine, Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyrénées, Brittany, Poitou-Charentes, Corsica, Centre-Val de Loire, Limousin, Pays de la Loire, Lower Normandy, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
English, French
Anglicanism, Protestantism and Catholicism,
Related ethnic groups

British migration to France has resulted in France being home to one of the largest British-born populations outside the United Kingdom. Migration from the UK to France has increased rapidly from the 1990s onward and by 2013 there were an estimated 400,000 British citizens living in France.[1] Besides Paris the British living in France tend to choose the regions of southern France, Brittany, and recently the island of Corsica.[2][3]


Population size

The British community in France is estimated at approximately 400,000 Britons.[1]

The main destinations of British migration to France apart of Paris are rural areas of France and the southern areas of the country. The major regions chosen by this community are Aquitaine, Occitanie, Brittany, Poitou-Charentes and Corsica.

In Eymet, Dordogne, British expatriates account for a third of the local population.


In 2014, the National Statistics Institute (INSEE, for its acronym in French) published a study on Thursday, according to which has doubled the number of British immigrants, this increase resulting from the financial crisis that affected several countries in Europe in that period, has driven up the number of Europeans installed in France.[4] the British immigrants in France show a 50% growth between 2009 and 2012.[5][6]

European immigrants in France. Portuguese 8%, British 5%, Spanish 5%, Italians 4%, Germans 4%, Romanians 3%, Belgians 3%. [7][8]

Displaced workers of Europe in France are: Poles (18% of the total), followed by the Portuguese people (15%) and Romanians (13%).[9][10]

Notable people

Alex Taylor

See also


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