Of every 100 Albanian citizens living and working in Italy, 38 have obtained Italian citizenship.
In this sense, the Albanian citizens are ranked second in terms of Italian citizenship acquired among the more than 200 foreign communities living in Italy: the data were made known by the president of the national institute of statistics (Istat), Gian Carlo Blangiardo, in the Commission for constitutional affairs in the Chamber of Deputies.
At 31 December 2018, as reported by Blangiardo, were 5.255.503 foreign citizens registered with the registry - registering a + 2,2% (about 111.000 in numerical terms) with respect to the previous year - 8,7% (about 441.000 in numerical terms ) of the total resident population.
The foreign presence is higher, compared to the total population, than that of France (7%), substantially lower than that of Germany (11,7%) and Austrian (15,7%) and slightly below that of the United Kingdom (9,5%)
Together with the citizens of Morocco, the Albanians hold the record for the number of acquired Italian citizenships. On 1,34 millions of foreign citizens who have acquired Italian citizenship, in fact, 12,6% are Albanian citizens.
According to the president of the institute of statistics, as mentioned, of every 100 Albanians residing in Italy, 38 have Italian citizenship. Only Moroccan citizens slightly exceed this value, with the 13,7% of Italian citizenships of the total acquired.
Family reunification is - from the 2011 - the most common reason for entry (43%) followed in second place by the flows of asylum and humanitarian protection, which in the 2017 represented more than the total 38%. The first requirement concerns above all women, the second men. In the same period the reasons for work touched the lowest level, with little more than 4% of permits.
In total 58.853 were the total citizenships acquired by Albanian citizens in the EU member countries in the 2017 (latest figures). Greece is the country that has issued the largest number of citizenships to Albanians (total 29.769), followed by Italy with 27.112 issued citizenships.
Albanian citizens have begun to obtain citizenship of an EU country in general in the 2008 (17.000), to then reach the record value of the 2016, with about 67.500.
In these years, Greece and Italy are still the countries that have issued more citizenships to the Albanians, not a case given that they are the countries that host more Albanian emigrants: in Greece (for the first time in the 2007) they obtained citizenship 180.000 Albanians, while in Italy (for the first time in 2008) about 175.600.
/ Alba Kepi
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