Insee FocusThe number of deaths rose twice as high for people born abroad as for those born in France during the Covid-19 health crisis

Sylvain Papon, Isabelle Robert-Bobée (division Enquêtes et études démographiques, Insee)

During the Covid-19 health crisis in France, the magnitude of the increase of the number of deaths was not the same according to the country of birth of the deceased people. All causes combined, deaths in March and April 2020 of people born abroad increased by 48% compared to the number of deaths during the same period in 2019 (+22% for deaths of people born in France). The increase was the highest for people born in Africa (+54% for people born in a country of the Maghreb, +114% for those born in another African country) or in Asia (+91%).

The peak in deaths was reached in late March-early April, whatever the country of birth of the deceased.

For all origins, the increase in deaths was higher for the elderly. But deaths also rose sharply before the age of 65 for the foreign-born. In the most affected regions (Île-de-France and Grand Est), the increase in deaths was very marked, both for people born in France and those born abroad.

Insee Focus
No 198
Paru le : Paru le 07/07/2020
Sylvain Papon, Isabelle Robert-Bobée (division Enquêtes et études démographiques, Insee)
Insee Focus  No 198 - July 2020
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