The Italian population is still declining despite immigrants

by Roberta Lunghini - 2017.06.13
The Italian population is still declining despite immigrants
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The decrease of the Italian population still goes on. According to the National Institute of Statistics (Istat), after the historic decline recorded last year, as of December 31, 2016 the total number of inhabitants stood at 60,589,445, more than 5 million of whom had foreign citizenship: 8.3% at national level. The overall balance showed an important drop (-76,106 units). The reduction applied to the people with Italian citizenship: -96,981 residents, while the foreign population increased slightly, +20,875. Moreover, the female component of foreign population for the first time decreased (-1,767 units). Furthermore, the trend in the number of the acquisition of Italian citizenship was still upward: in 2016 there were 201,501 new Italian citizens.

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