Foreigners acquiring Italian citizenship on the increase

by Roberta Lunghini - 2016.06.29
Foreigners acquiring Italian citizenship on the increase
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The number of persons who acquire Italian citizenship is on the increase. During 2015 they were 178,000: + 37% over the previous year. To be noted that 37% of the total was composed of people aged under 18 years. The Region with the highest number of foreigners who acquired Italian citizenship last year is Lombardy (more than 45 thousand, representing more than 1/4 of the total), followed by Veneto (25,800 new citizens, 14% of the total) and Emilia Romagna 22,500; 12.6%). The total number in the six Southern Italian Regions was equal to just 9,793 new citizens. The figures were released by the ISMU Foundation indicating how, in this respect, our country is in contrast to the rest of Europe, where citizenship acquisitions are decreasing. Just think about the UK with a decline, between 2013 and 2014, of 82 thousand units. But also Spain (-20,000 units), Belgium (-16,000), Greece (-8,600) and Sweden (-6,700). In the meantime, in Italy the highest growth in absolute terms was recorded: +30,000 in 2014 compared to 2013.

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