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Foreign population

Italy and its regions


Historically, foreign citizens arriving in Italy have tended to settle mainly in the Centre and North area. In recent years, however, foreign population has grown faster in the South and Islands. In more detail, for the first time a decrease was recorded in the North-east area, also due to the high number of foreign citizens who acquired the citizenship. the North-east area was also affected by the decrease of new inflows (-13,5 percent). Conversely in the South and Islands area, following the arrival by sea of refugees searching for international protection, there was a remarkable increase of new inflows (+15.9 percent compared to 2013).

The employment rate of non-nationals increased especially in the South and Islands area, where that of nationals recorded a decreasing trend. Over the entire national territory the unemployment rate showed similar values , while the inactivity rate of non-national population was lower than that of nationals in all geographical areas, with a wider gap in the South and Islands.

As to education levels, the greatest differences between nationals and non-nationals are related to gender: non-national women show levels of education very similar to Italian women, while men show quite marked differences. The territorial imbalance concerning education levels is sharper among migrants: less than half non-nationals in the Centre and North area hold a lower secondary school leaving certificate, while this share rises to 62.7 percent in the South and Islands area.