Paris has always been a home to tens of thousands of US citizens (around 15K currently). Having published a post on genuine reasons to move to Paris, we thought it may be interesting to deeply understand what brings people and Americans, in particular, to Paris. In this post we’ll try to profoundly analyze the American communities that you’d find in the city of Light.
We all have our own definition of the word “strange” or “weird.”
For one person, it could be cycling nude on a bike trail in the mountains in the middle of winter while singing at the top of your lungs—to keep warm, of course.
Another may be a roommate who likes toast, ketchup, banana and cinnamon sandwiches. When it comes to acclimating in a foreign country, the meaning of “strange” can take on even more nuances, especially if you don’t speak the language of your adopted homeland.
France has always been attractive to immigrants. In 2008, the INSEE estimated that 5.3 million foreign-born residents and 6.5 million of their descendants (French-born of at least one immigrant parent) lived in France, for a total of 11.8 million, which was 19% of the total population in metropolitan France – 62.1 million at the time. These numbers included roughly 5.5 million of European origin, 4 million of Maghrebi origin, 1 million of Sub-Saharan African origin and 400,000 of Turkish origin. In 2010, 27.3% of the 802,000 newborns in metropolitan France had at least one foreign-born parent. In 2012, 229,000 foreigners arrived in the country.
Right. You’ve decided to start a blog.
You have visions of writing articles for The Huffington Post at some point, but for the moment, you’re all set to create your own niche in the ever-expanding universe of bloggers.
And then, you find out it’s not as easy as it looks.
For some intrepid souls, moving to a foreign country, even for a few months, is like a walk in the park. It’s a wonderful adventure and nothing fazes them. Everything falls into place perfectly, and nothing goes wrong. Or, if it does, it’s just a blip on the horizon and they take it in stride.