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Pakistanis in France
Total population
21,000 - 120,000 (estimate) [1] [2]
in Overseas DOM-TOM Réunion, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique
Regions with significant populations
Islam [3]
Related ethnic groups
Overseas Pakistanis

Pakistanis in France, primarily of Punjabi origin from Punjab and Azad Kashmir. Large-scale Pakistani migration to France began in the 1970s; they clustered around the Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis in the 10th arrondissement of Paris, where many set up grocery stores and restaurants. [3]

According to the latest figures published by the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis, there were an estimated 104,000 Pakistanis living in France as of the year 2017. [4]

According to the latest official statistics published by the French government, there were 24,305 Pakistani-born people living in the country in the year 2015, [5] also there were 19,646 Pakistani nationals living in France in 2015. [6]

Air France previously served Karachi airport until the mid-1990s and there is now demand for a return, especially given the comparable cities in North Africa more continuously served by this premium carrier.

Most Pakistanis in France are concentrated in the major cities such as Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Lille, and Toulouse. They have settled in France for various reasons, including education, work opportunities, family reunification, and political asylum. [7]

Education is a significant reason for Pakistani immigration to France. Many Pakistani students come to France to pursue higher education in fields like engineering, computer science, medicine, and business. They often enroll in prestigious French universities and institutions like the École Polytechnique, Sciences Po, and HEC Paris. [8]

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ "Statement showing number of Overseas Pakistanis living, working and studying in different regions/countries of the world, as on 31st December, 2017 - Region-Wise distribution" (PDF). Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development. 31 December 2018. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 August 2019. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Expatriés pakistanais par âge France".
  3. ^ a b c Chatterji, Miniya (2007), "Redefining Boundaries? The Case of South Asian Muslims in Paris' quartier indien", South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal (1), doi: 10.4000/samaj.119, retrieved 2009-04-08
  4. ^ "2.43 million Pakistanis working in Europe". 2017-04-24.
  5. ^ "IMG1B - Population immigrée par sexe, âge et pays de naissance en 2015 − France entière −Étrangers - Immigrés en 2015 | Insee".
  6. ^ "NAT1 - Population par sexe, âge et nationalité en 2015 − France entière −Étrangers - Immigrés en 2015 | Insee".
  7. ^ "Pakistanis in France".
  8. ^ "Education for immigration".
  9. ^ Imam, Zürain (2005-01-02), "The man from Paris", Dawn, retrieved 2009-04-09
  10. ^ "Pakistani woman astronaut gears up for spaceflight", Times of India, 2007-10-21, retrieved 2010-05-21
  11. ^ Cave, Andrew (2009-02-08). "James Caan: A life in business". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 2010-05-21.

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