The pathways of foreign students arriving in France between 2002 and 2016

30 août 2017
Auteur : Philippe Lauraire/DSED/DGEF/Ministère de l'intérieur

Infos migrations - Numéro 88 - juin 2017 (june 2017).

Between 2002 and 2016, the number of first residence permits being issued to students increased to reach 70,430 in 2016. These foreign students largely come from Africa and Asia and the proportion of women within this population has grown.
Student pathways have changed over time. Students who have arrived more recently tend to leave again sooner or remain for less time on a student status than those who arrived at the start of the 2000s. Those who remain in the country and change status increasingly turn towards residence permits for remunerated activities rather than for family reasons.