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Foreigners born in Italy up 28.7% since 2010

One out of four births in Lombardy

Foreigners born in Italy up 28.7% since 2010

Venice, November 20 - Italian research foundation Moressa said in a report released Tuesday that the number of foreigners born in Italy in 2012 was up 18.4% since 2011 and 28.7% since 2010. One out of four foreigners in 2011 were born in the northern region of Lombardy (25,000) while more than half of the total foreign births throughout the country (58.6%) in 2011 were concentrated in Lombardy, Veneto, Lazio and Emilia-Romagna. Since 2002, the number of children born to foreigners in Italy has risen 209%. The highest total of foreign births per capita in 2011 were found in Emilia-Romagna, 29.1%, and the lowest in the southern region of Puglia, 5.4%. In general the report said that the number of foreign births differed greatly between the north and south of the country. The combined southern regions of Molise, Basilicata, Sardinia, Calabria, Puglia, Sicily and Campania registered foreign births lower than 10%.

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