Saturday, 28 April 2012
Italy family sizes are shrinking but the population is still managing to grow thanks to immigration, the national statistics office said Friday, giving figures for 2011 compared with 2001.

The population stood at 59.464 million in October 2011, with 2.468 million more people than in 2001 - largely thanks to the number of foreigners in Italy, which grew three-fold over the last decade, rising to 3.769 million.

"The sharp rise in the number of foreign citizens contributed in a significant way to the rise in the total population" Istat said, while confirming that "the trend of stagnation of the Italian demographic continues."


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