Immigration to Italy slowing, says Istat
More African refugees, but fewer Europeans, South Americans27 January, 18:47
New arrivals two years ago totaled 351,000 people.
Romanians topped the list at 82,000 new immigrants, followed by the Chinese (20,000), Moroccans (20,000), and Albanians (14,000).
Immigration dropped from Moldavia ( down 41%), Ukraine (36%), Peru (35%), and Ecuador (-27%). The number of African citizens grew by 1.2% over 2011, along with Asians, in part due to people fleeing war zones in the Ivory Coast, Mali, Pakistan, and Nigeria.
There was also a drop in registrations by Italian citizens living abroad, from 31,000 in 2011 to 29,000 the following year, according to Istat.