No-Go Paris Suburbs Now Second-most Populated Department in Region

Saturday, January 4, 2020
By Paul Martin

4 Jan 2020

According to newly released statistics, the multicultural no-go suburbs of Paris have become the second-most populous department in the capital region as of January 1st, 2020.

The Seine-Saint-Denis department, which consists of several suburbs to the north of Paris, is second only to the French capital in the Île-de-France region in terms of population, with the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) claiming there to be 1,630,133 inhabitants, Le Parisien reports.

In the last five years, the population of the department has increased by over five per cent, higher than the average in the region with the city of Paris losing 2.4 per cent of its population during the same period.

The commune of Saint-Denis has the most residents at 111,948 in total, followed by Montreuil and Aubervilliers which grew by 11.41 per cent in the last five years.

“The population is growing twice as fast as the regional average, thanks to a young population, economic development, and major housing construction programmes,” the INSEE suggested.

Seine-Saint-Denis is also well-known for having a large population of illegal migrants, with a 2018 report indicating that as many as 400,000 residents of the department were illegals.

One community in the department has seen a decrease in recent years, however. Members of the Jewish community have moved away from the area due to rising levels of antisemitism.

Jerome Fourquet, director of polling firm Ifop, commented on the trend saying: “Over fifteen years, numbers of Jewish populations or families have collapsed in a series of municipalities from Seine-Saint-Denis.”

“In Aulnay-sous-Bois, the number of families of Jewish faith has thus decreased from 600 to 100, at Blanc-Mesnil from 300 to 100, in Clichy-sous-Bois from 400 to at 80 and at La Courneuve from 300 to 80,” he added.

The area is also known for its high levels of crime, and some have argued that the suburbs pose a major threat to French security.

“If the suburbs give rise to further and even more violent uprisings, we will have no way to face them: we lack the means, we lack the men. This is the reality of the French political situation,” General Pierre de Villiers, the former Chief of the Defence Staff, is said to have told French President Emmanuel Macron.

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