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Non-Eu citizens holding a residence permit

The non-EU foreigners holding a residence permit in Italy on 1 January 2011 are over 3 million 500 thousand. From 2008 to 2011 there was an increase of 35%.

The most relevant citizenships are: Morocco, Albania, China, Ukraine and Moldova. This community, between 2008 and 2011, almost doubled from less than 81 thousand residents in 2008 to 142 thousand in 2011.

The 37% of non-EU citizens live in the Northwest, the 29% in the Northeast and the 22% in the Center, only the 13% live in the South. Lombardy is the region which hosts the largest number of regular foreigners (26.6%), followed by Emilia-Romagna (12.6%) and Veneto (12.1%).

Almost half of non-EU citizens present in Italy (46.3%) has a long-term permit. In the North East is registered the highest percentage of the long-term permits.

Approximately two thirds of the non-EU children legally present in Italy was born in our country. For Tunisia, China and the Philippines the share of children born in Italy exceeds 79%.

In 2010 were released almost 600.000 new residence permits: The 60% of the total was issued for employment; the 39.9% for family reasons.

The highest number of permits in 2010 was granted to Moroccans, Chinese and Ukrainians; however, if we consider the ratio between the number of permits issued and the size of the present population the most dynamic are Moldovans, Indians and Pakistanis.

The data underline a predominance of women among Ukrainians (81.1%) Moldovans (68.0%) and Filipinos (58.7%) and a male prevalence among the population coming from Egypt (the 72.4% are men), Bangladesh (72.1%), Tunisia (65.3%) e India (65.3%).

For more information, please refer to the Italian version.

Note. On 27 March at 18.40 the “Full text” in download was replaced due to an error in the first bullet point on page 1.

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27 March 2012
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