di Riccardo D'Andrea
Rome, July 30 - The number of non-European Union immigrants present in Italy grew by 127,000 people from January 1 of last year to January 1, 2013, the Italian statistics agency Istat revealed on Tuesday. The total number of non-EU immigrants legally residing in Italy on the first of this year was 3,764,236. Moroccans were present in the largest number, with 513,374 citizens living in Italy. Albania came next with 497,761 people - nearly 20% of the population living in the tiny Adriatic nation. There were 304,768 Chinese, 224,588 Ukrainians and 158,308 Filipinos. The Chinese community was growing at the fastest clip, gaining nearly 10% in a year and adding more than 27,000 people to their ranks. The number of Tunisians fell. Women immigrants represent slightly less than half of the total at 49.3%. The number of people with permanent residency - an indicator of long-term presence in the country - rose from 1,896,223 in 2012 to 2,045,662 in 2013, and now represent 54.3% of the total non-EU immigrant pool. Permanent residents are concentrated in central and northern Italy, with the majority coming from Albania, Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt.