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Population up 0.5% 'thanks to foreigners'

60.63 mln residents, up 286,000

24 May, 15:07
Population up 0.5% 'thanks to foreigners' (ANSA) - Rome, May 24 - The Italian population rose 0.5% last year "exclusively" thanks to immigrants and babies born to them, Istat said Tuesday.

As of December 31, 2010, Italy's resident population was 60,626,442, an increase of 286,114 on the same date in 2009, the statistics agency said.

The boost from immigration was 380,000.

Among the native population, births were almost 7,000 down. More than two thirds of the population rise took place in northern Italy.

The number of households was just over 25 million, with an average 2.4 members in each.