Istat immigrants, in 2020 foreigners collapse in Italy – Chronicle

Istat immigrants, in 2020 foreigners collapse in Italy – Chronicle
Istat immigrants, in 2020 foreigners collapse in Italy – Chronicle

In the year of the pandemic, the entries of non-EU citizens in Italy collapse. In 2020 approximately 106,503 were released new residence permits to non-EU citizens, the lowest number in the last 10 years, almost 40% less than those issued in 2019. Above all, new permits granted for study (-58.1% compared to the previous year) and asylum permits (-51%) were down. Istat notes this in the report “Non-EU citizens in Italy. Years 2020-2021”.

The brake of Covid

The new Italians

The brake of Covid

Between 2018 and 2019, before the pandemic, the decrease in new permits issued was 26.8%, but the limitation of travel due to the pandemic from Covid-19 – according to Istat – led to a further significant decrease; to this it must be added that the pandemic also entailed a delay in the processing of the files which could have contributed to the low number of permits granted. In the second half of 2020, in fact, the Ministry of the Interior recorded a significant increase in landings on the Italian coasts which only partially translated into an increase in residence permits issued, probably due to the delay in handling the paperwork. Also the examination of requests for regularization advanced according to article 103 of Legislative Decree 34/2020 was slower than what happened for the previous regularisations (very few cases examined by December 2020) and it is likely that the flows of 2021 will be affected by the regularization procedure. In the general decline in admissions, some countries of citizenship recorded particularly evident decreases: this is the case of the United States (-51.0%), China (-46.8%) and Ukraine (-46.4%). For Nigeria (-24.9%) and Pakistan (-29.3%) the reductions in flows were more contained.

The new Italians

In Italy there are fewer and more foreigners ‘new Italians’. Despite the pandemic, between 2019 and 2020, foreigners who have acquired the citizenship they are 131,803 (+ 4.1% compared to 2019); approximately 90% (just under 119 thousand) were previously non-EU citizens. The increase is entirely due to the growth of the related proceedings men (+ 11.6%) while the women they are down (-3%) also due to the non-negligible decrease in acquisition proceedings by marriage (-16.5%).

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