Crisis: Immigration rising again but not in Italy, OECD

Emigration increasing with worsening economic situation

27 June, 15:30

(ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, JUNE 27 - Migration to the countries of the OECD continued to fall in 2010 (-3%) as a result of the crisis. But in 2011, with the economic situation improving, immigration started to rise ''in most European countries except Italy." This emerged from the 2012 OECD report on immigration. The report that was presented today by secretary-general Angel Gurria also states that emigration in ''Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain increased, though modestly." The 399-page OECD report indicates that migration diminished in 2010 for the third consecutive year, totalling 4.1 million people in 23 countries plus Russia. The statistical 'picture' of immigration in Italy shows that 4.57 million immigrants were living permanently in the country on January 1 2011, with foreigners totalling 7.5% of the entire Italian population. Of this group, around a quarter are Romanians (969,000), the most numerous followed by Albanians (483,000) and Moroccans (452,000).

The number of residence permits released to non-European citizens in 2010 (599,000) increased by 16.4% from the previous year. Sixty-two percent of these permits were valid for more than 12 months.

The OECD report also mentions the flow of 60,300 illegal migrants between January and August 2011, as well as the fact that ''the new government that was formed in November 2011 has made the reform of the citizenship law, blocked in parliament since December 2009, one of its priorities, particularly for foreigners who were born in Italy." (ANSAmed).

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