Paris's main Asian community, the Quartier Asiatique, located in the 13th arrondissement borders the commune and has now spread to the northern parts of Ivry. The presence of Asian commercial activity, especially Chinese and Vietnamese, has greatly increased in Ivry-sur-Seine during the past two decades. The commune contains one of the highest concentrations of Vietnamese in France, who began settling in the city in the late 1970s after the Vietnam War.
Politically, Ivry-sur-Seine has historically been a highly supportive pocket for the French Communist Party (PCF). Since 1925, only three individuals have held the office of mayor, Georges Marrane, Jacques Laloë, and Pierre Gosnat, all of whom have been Communist Party members.
On 1 January 1860, the city of Paris was enlarged by annexing neighboring communes. On that occasion, about a third of the commune of Ivry-sur-Seine was annexed to Paris, and now forms the Chinatown area of the 13th arrondissement of Paris.
Ivry-sur-Seine is perhaps most famous as the place of execution of Jean-Marie Bastien-Thiry in March 1963. Richard Ellman also notes that James Joyce's daughter, Lucia, received psychiatric treatment in the commune's hospital in 1936 and was visited by both Joyce and Samuel Beckett.