Immigration data for French Algeria?

Futurist

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Does anyone here have immigration data for French Algeria?

I'm curious as to how many Europeans--and from which countries--came to Algeria at various points in time. For instance, was the flow of European immigration into Algeria at its peak in 1913-1914, or did it already peak at an earlier point in time?

Anyway, does anyone here know where exactly I can find this information?

I also want to use this information to try speculating on what Algeria's demographics would have looked like in the absence of the World Wars.
 

Futurist

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Well, it wasn't considered "immigration" !

Not just nitpicking, it's simply true. So if You search "immigration to Algeria", most likely You will not find a lot.

These could put You on the trail (but it's in French, ... a bit logical ;) )

les Européens d?Algérie, par Michèle Villanueva - Histoire coloniale et postcoloniale
Thanks for this link! I will make sure to check it out! :)

BTW, movement from European France to Algeria was just migration whereas movement from, say, Italy or Spain to Algeria was immigration. AFAIK, most pieds-noirs in Algeria were either Italian or Spanish (though there were some French people and also Algerian Jews).
 

Futurist

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For what it's worth, a helpful user on another forum directed me to this article:

La population de l'Algérie - Persée

This article is written in French and contains what I am looking for. :) Now, I can calculate the pied-noir percentage in Algeria at various points in time and try to project the direction of this growth in the absence of the World Wars.
 

Futurist

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I think that it would be a useful addition to this thread to publicly post the demographic data in the link above. Thus, here goes:

The numbers are in thousands. Thus, 2,310 is 2,310 thousand, or 2.31 million. The percentages are as they are, though.

Pieds-noirs Muslims Total Pied-noir % Muslim %
1856 159 2310 2469 6.44% 93.56%
1861 193 2738 2931 6.58% 93.42%
1866 218 2656 2874 7.59% 92.41%
1872 280 2134 2414 11.60% 88.40%
1876 345 2479 2824 12.22% 87.78%
1881 412 2860 3272 12.59% 87.41%
1886 465 3287 3752 12.39% 87.61%
1891 531 3577 4108 12.93% 87.07%
1901 634 3781 4415 14.36% 85.64%
1906 680 4089 4769 14.26% 85.74%
1911 752 4478 5230 14.38% 85.62%
1921 791 4923 5714 13.84% 86.16%
1926 833 5151 5984 13.92% 86.08%
1931 882 5588 6470 13.63% 86.37%
1936 946 6201 7147 13.24% 86.76%
1948 922 7460 8382 11.00% 89.00%
1954 984 8675 9659 10.19% 89.81%

If my calculations here are correct, it appears that the percentage share of pieds-noirs among the total Algerian population had already stabilized in the decade before the start of World War I. If so, barring some unexpected development, this would bode favorably for Algeria's prospects for eventual independence from France even if the two World Wars would have never occurred. :)
 
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martin76

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Dear futurist...

You are talking about "Pies Negros" or "Pieds Noirs"... European born in Argelie.. most of them French, Spanish and Italian. From 1962.. they live in Spain (Alicante, Almeria, Murcia) or in France (Provence).

During 1962.. it took place a very unknown (and discret) page in history... about Pieds Noirs evacuation.
 
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Futurist

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Dear futurist...

You are talking about "Pies Negros" or "Pieds Noirs"... European born in Argelie.. most of them French, Spanish and Italian. From 1962.. they live in Spain (Alicante, Almeria, Murcia) or in France (Provence).

During 1962.. it took place a very unknown (and discret) page in history... about Pieds Noirs evacuation.
Yeah, it's really sad that Algeria's FLN expelled the pieds-noirs en masse from Algeria. :( I think that a better solution would have been to do what the Baltic countries did after independence in regards to their Russian/East Slavic populations and allow the pieds-noirs to stay--at least if they would have pledged a loyalty oath to Algeria and renounced all of their other citizenships.
 
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