(ANSA) – ROME, 04 JUL – “Italy, pensions and mobility: stories of departures and returns”. This is the theme of the conference organized by INPS and the Migrantes Foundation. “We used to say – said Delfina Licata, of the Migrantes Foundation in her speech – that Italy had the same number of immigrants residing in the country and Italian emigrants abroad. This statement, according to today’s statistics, is no longer true: today the number of compatriots who have chosen abroad as their place of residence is higher than that of immigrants who regularly reside in the Peninsula. The only Italy to grow today is the one that takes root abroad. Italy is one State in which the indigenous population is inexorably waning and the immigrant population – thanks to the economic crisis, the pandemic, territorial gaps and the impossibility of entering legally – no longer grows “.
As of January 1, 2021, the community of compatriots residing abroad is made up of 5,652,080 units, 9.5% of the more than 59.2 million Italians residing in Italy. While Italy has lost nearly 384,000 residents on its territory, it has recorded a 3% increase in the last year of those who permanently reside abroad. The mobility of Italians with the pandemic has not stopped, but has certainly undergone a downsizing that does not concern, however, the new births abroad of Italian citizens, but rather the real departures: the number of compatriots who have materially left the country by going abroad from January to December 2020. In absolute value, this is 109,528 Italians, -21,408 people compared to the previous year. (HANDLE).