Filipinos in France

Filipinos in France
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Paris, French Riviera
Filipino, French, English, other Philippine languages
Related ethnic groups
Filipinos, Overseas Filipinos

Filipinos in France consist of migrants from the Philippines and their descendants living and working in France.

According to the Commission on Filipinos Overseas, there are an estimated Filipinos in France, 7,000 with permanent status, 1,026 temporary[3] 80% of Filipinos in France have lived in the nation for less than seven years, and 95% have lived in France for less than 15 years.[4] Paris is home to a small Filipino community.[5][6]


During the centennial of the French Revolution in 1889, José Rizal sought to organize a conference called the Association Internationale des Philippinistes which was to be launched with Ferdinand Blumentritt, the President and Edmond Plauchut, the Vice President. The French also permitted Rizal to live in exile in France where he wrote the books Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo.

On June 26, 1947 the Philippines and France signed a Treaty of Amity which established diplomatic relations with the 2 countries.[7]

Filipinos Today

Filipinos living in France work as artists,[4] domestic servants,[4] professionals,[4] students,[4] and writers,[4] or in the health care,[8][9] information technology,[8] and electronics sectors.[8] The French government encouraged Filipinos to work in France, as long as they eventually returned to the Philippines, by instituting new migration laws.[10] Brice Hortefeux, French Minister for Immigration, Integration, National Identity and Development Solidarity, said, "I’ve already put in place, for particularly skilled workers, a specific procedure allowing them a three-year, once-renewable, permit to stay in France. This shows that by encouraging the movement of skilled workers, we are rejecting the brain drain ... We hope it will be useful to both countries."[10]

10% of Filipinos living in France have married French citizens.[4] By 2000, 5,823 French citizens had been born in the Philippines, including both French nationals and naturalized Filipinos.[11] Only one school in France, the EFI Langue Institut Linguistique Européen in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, offers classes about the Filipino language.[12] 16% of Filipinos in France are between 16 and 25 years of age, 50% are between 26 and 35, 29% are between 36 and 45, and 6% are older than 46.[4]

Every year since 1980, a festival embracing Philippine culture has been held in Paris, called the Pista sa Paris. The event is sponsored by the Philippine embassy in Paris, and features singers, dancers, and Philippine cuisine.[13]

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ Uy, Veronica (September 12, 2008). "Few Filipinos availing of France's all-access cards--envoy". Global Inquirer. Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved April 7, 2009.
  2. ^ "France awaits Philippine OK on immigration deal". The Philippine Inquirer. April 11, 2008. Archived from the original on February 2, 2009. Retrieved April 1, 2009.
  3. ^ Bauzon, Bernice Camille V.; Angelo S. Samonte; Llanesca T. Panti (April 2, 2009). "100,000 jobs open in Qatar: Palace allows OFWs into Lebanon, Jordan". Manila Times. Archived from the original on April 6, 2009. Retrieved April 9, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Filipino Migration to Europe: Country Profiles". Europe-Philippines in the 1990s: Filipino Migration - The European Experience. CFMW. 1995. Archived from the original on August 14, 2011. Retrieved April 7, 2009.
  5. ^ Fresnoza-Flot, Asuncion; Antoine Pécoud (2007). "Emergence of Entrepreneurship Among Filipino Migrants in Paris". Asian and Pacific Migration Journal. Scalabrini Migration Center. 16 (1): 1–28.
  6. ^ Aurea Calica. "Spain Starts Hiring RP Health Workers". www.newsflash.org. Retrieved June 29, 2006.
  7. ^ Juan Miguel F. Zubiri (September 11, 1998). "S. No. 1549" (PDF). Retrieved November 13, 2008.
  8. ^ a b c "More job opportunities await Filipinos in France". GMA News. April 10, 2008. Retrieved April 7, 2009.
  9. ^ "RP freezes deployment of nurses to UAE over court case". PhilFortune. 2008. Retrieved April 9, 2009.
  10. ^ a b Caber, Michael (April 1, 2008). "Oui! France to accept more Filipino workers". Manila Standard Today. Retrieved April 9, 2009.
  11. ^ "Immigrés selon le pays de naissance en 1999" [Immigrants by country of birth in 1999] (XLS) (in French). INED. 2000. Retrieved April 9, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Filipino language schools France". language-programs.net. 2008. Archived from the original on July 23, 2011. Retrieved April 9, 2009.
  13. ^ "Pista sa Paris 2008". Republish of the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs (Press release). August 7, 2008. Archived from the original on December 10, 2008. Retrieved April 9, 2009.

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