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International and internal migration

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During 2013, 307,000 people immigrated to Italy, compared to 351,000 people who immigrated during the previous year.

The decline in immigration was mainly due to the decrease in the number of foreign immigrants (from 321,000 in 2012 to 279,000 in 2013). In the same year, also the number of Italian immigrants showed a decrease from 29 000 to 28 000.

Among immigrants, the largest number of entries were counted for Romanian (58,000), Moroccan (20,000), Chinese (17,000), and Ukrainian (14,000) nationals.

There was a decrease of the number of immigrants with Ecuadorian (-37% fewer than in the previous year), Ivorian (-36%), Romanian (-29%) and Macedonian (-26%) nationals.

In 2013, 126,000 emigrants left the Country, which is higher  than the 106,000 people who emigrated during the previous year. The fall in immigration and the rise of emigration drove a decrease in net migration (+182,000 in 2013, compared to +245,000 in the previous year).

The increase in emigration was mainly due to the rise in the number of national emigrants (from 68,000 in 2012 to 82,000 in 2013). In the same year, also the number of foreign emigrants showed an increase from 38,000 to 44,000.

United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland and France were the top countries for emigration of nationals in 2013.

More than 30% of nationals over 24 years that emigrated (62,000) were graduates

Reference period: Year 2013

Date of Issue: 09 December 2014



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