Italy: humanitarian permits up sharply, work ones plunge

14 mn of foreign origins by 2065, 1.1 have citizenship now

17 February, 21:11

    ROME - An IDOS report for the OECD presented on Friday in Rome shows that 27% of stay permits issued in Italy in 2015 were for asylum and international protection, a sharp rise from the 3.7% in 2007.

    The report added that there was at the same time a plunge in stay permits for work reasons, from 56.1% to 9.1%.

    As concerns stay permits, as of December 2015, ''59.5 of those not from the EU (2,338,435, including 241,000 as dependent family members) have a long-term EU permit'', which entitles them to stay in Italy indefinitely.

    14 mn of foreign origins in Italy by 2065, 1.1 have citizenship now

    On the basis of future demographic trends forecast by national statistics institute ISTAT, the resident foreign population will in the next 50 yars increase by almost 10 million, from 4.6 million in 2011 to 14.1 million in 2065. The figures were included in to a report by the IDOS think tank for OECD presented on Friday in Rome.

    The report added that 1.15 million Italian citizens are of foreign origins and that if the trend seen in 2014-2015 continues, halfway through the century at least 6 million Italian citizens living in the country will be of foreign origins and will account for 10% of the total population. Between 2011 and 2065, it added, the Italian population will drop by 11.5 million and the migrant population will grow by 12 million.

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