Ethnic minorities in France: An edgy inquiry

BY LAW, French authorities cannot collect ethnic statistics. All citizens are considered equal. Differentiating them is felt to imply stigmatisation, or even worse to echo the singling out of Jews that took place under the collaborationist Vichy regime in the 1940s.

Yet however strong the historical reasons, this approach makes it difficult to tell whether French people of different backgrounds really do fare as well as each other. A new study suggests they do not.

It comes, surprisingly, from an official source: France Stratégie, the government’s economic-strategy unit, which is run by Jean Pisani-Ferry, an economist. The authors get round the ethnicity taboo by using census data on national origin. Several decades after mass immigration began, enough long-term data exist to see how the generation raised in France by parents from other countries has done.

In a word, badly. Youth unemployment of 32% for French-born citizens whose parents arrived from Africa, including sub-Saharan countries and those of the Maghreb, is twice as high as for those with no immigrant background. Fully 30% leave high school without any diploma or qualification, against 16% of those without immigrant parents. French people with parents from Africa have less stable working lives, and are more likely to live in poor neighbourhoods, than those with non-African immigrant backgrounds, the report finds.

Other studies use the data to reveal further differences by national origin. French-born citizens with parents from Morocco or Tunisia, for example, seem to do better at school than those with parents from Algeria or the African Sahel. Only 10% of French men aged 25-35 with Algerian-born parents, and just 9% of those with parents from the Sahel, have a degree, against 19% of those with Moroccan or Tunisian parents and 23% of the non-immigrant population. (Among those with south-east Asian roots, the figure tops 30%)…

No wonder they banned collecting data by ethnicity. It might interfere with their project to replace a large part of the population. And yes, I am aware that some ethnicities in Canada do well — but it looks like France picked real duds for a good many of their immigrants.

  • Those French are H8trs!

    • Frau Katze

      It’s very insensitive of them to collect these stats, despite the best efforts of the govt to prevent it.

  • Martin B

    Yes the Frogs did pick real duds, but geography is against them. Africa is right across the Mediterranean, Turkey is at the other end of the Mediterranean…The only bright spot is South-East Asia aka the former French IndoChina.

    • Frau Katze

      They have a few Vietnamese. But they never make the news. Very dull immigrants.

    • Alain

      For the most party they comes from ex-French colonies and at one time were considered French citizens/nationals. As those colonies became independent, they still were given priority when it came to entering France. I agree that those who came from the former French Indo-Chine are hard workers, do not suck on the welfare teat and do not cause problems.

  • Xavier

    Odd that Africans show the same traits in America where a history of slavery and a lack of reparations are responsible for their, er, culture. Maybe the French Africans are just showing solidarity.

    • Frau Katze

      They’re mostly Arabs from North Africa. The originals were brought in as, wait for it, cheap unskilled labour.

      The best migrants from third world places are educated elites.

  • Stronger than Dirt

    It’s probably worse in Canada …

  • BillyHW

    Where will people immigrate to once they’ve ethnically cleansed all the whites from all the decent countries?

    • Frau Katze

      There’ll be nowhere to run to. Just endless “ethnic studies” and blaming things on the native Europeans. That phase should last until they become a majority and everything goes to hell.