Whites in Algeria

Algeria once had a European population of 1.6 million, they were known as the Pied-Noir, or black feet. Over a quarter million settlers fled after independence was granted to Algeria in 1962, but a nearly a million stayed. After violence and discrimination against the former colonists, the population largely fled. By 1990 and the beginning of the Algerian civil war, only 30,000 Europeans remained. With the end of the war and economic prosperity returning to the nation, nearly 30,000 settlers have returned to their former homeland. There is a growing movement amongst Pied Noir's unhappy with life in France to return to their former country or Algeria. Today Algeria has a permanent European population between 50 and 60 thousand people. Most of whom live in the capital of Algiers.


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