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Algeria, Population

The population consists almost entirely of Berbers, Arabs, and people of mixed Arab and Berber ancestry. Until 1962 about 1 million European settlers, mainly French, and an indigenous population of 150,000 Jews lived in Algeria; more than 90 percent of this group, however, emigrated after Algeria became independent in 1962. Very few European settlers and Jews live in Algeria today. Some 40 percent of the population is classified as rural, living in villages and on small farms.

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