Italy is third among European Union countries for the number of migrants present in the country, following Germany and the UK. That's according to an immigration report by Caritas and Migrantes. The top three nationalities for migrants in Italy are Romanian, Albanian and Moroccan.
The 28th edition of the Caritas-Migrantes "Immigration Report," released on Friday in Rome, revealed that Italy has the third-highest number of foreign residents in the European Union. Around 5.3 million foreign citizens legally reside in the country. That's nearly nine percent of the overall resident population.
Germany and the UK are in first and second place for the current number of foreign residents, respectively. Following Italy are France and Spain. While arrivals to Italy for work are down, those for asylum and humanitarian protection are up.
This year's immigration report takes its inspiration from Pope Francis' message and the theme of the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees - "It is not just about migrants." Consequently, part of the report is about Italian society.
On Sunday, during a special mass dedicated to the occasion, Francis unveiled a monument to migration in St. Peter’s Square as a homage to the displaced.
- Lombardy (1,181,772 foreign residents, or 11.7 percent of the total population)
- Lazio (683,409, or 11.6 percent)
- Emilia-Romagna (547,537, or 12.3 percent)
- Veneto (501,085, or 10.2 percent)
- Piedmont (427,911, or 9.8 percent)
- Rome (556,826 foreign residents, or 12.8 percent of the total population)
- Milan (470,273, or 14.5 percent
- Turin (221,842, or 9.8 percent)
- Brescia (157,463, or 12.4 percent)
- Naples (134,338, or 4.4 percent)