In Italy, there are more than 5 million foreign national residents – they represent 8.3% of the population – whereas 12 years ago they were 1.5 million.

Unlike France or Belgium, in Italy the immigrant populations are not concentrated in the large metropolis but are present in the smaller towns too and, thanks to this distinctive model of immigration, there are no “urban ghettos” comparable to the French or Belgian banlieues.

 The author:

Roberto Volpi is a statistician. He wrote several essays: “Storia della popolazione italiana dall’Unità a oggi” (1989); “La fine della famiglia” (2006); “La sparizione dei bambini down. Un sottile sentimento eugenetico percorre l’Europa” (March 2016).