Chinese people in Italy
0.25% of the Italian population
|Regions with significant populations|
|Milan, Rome, Prato, Treviso|
|Chinese · Italian|
|Predominantly Buddhism · Roman Catholicism · Atheism|
|Related ethnic groups|
The community of Chinese people in Italy has grown rapidly in the past ten years. Official statistics indicate there are at least 144,885 Chinese citizens in Italy, although these figures do not account for illegal immigration, former Chinese citizens who have acquired Italian nationality, or Italian-born people of Chinese descent.
A detailed study conducted in 2010 jointly by the CESNUR and the University of Turin on the over-4000-people Chinese community of Turin shows that 48% of them are women and 30% are minors; 90% of them comes from Zhejiang. As for employment, 70% of them work in restaurant activity, and more than 20% in commercial activity.
The city of Prato has the largest concentration of Chinese people in Italy, and as well as the whole continent of Europe. It has the second largest population of Chinese people overall in Italy, after Milan.
Regarding religion, the majority of Chinese in Turin (59.3%) are non-religious, 31.6% are Buddhists, 8% are Christians (3.6% Catholics, 3.3% Protestants and 1.1% Jehovah's Witnesses), and 1.1% are Taoists.
In 2007, several dozen protesters took to the streets in Milan over alleged discrimination. The northern Italian town of Treviso also ordered Chinese-run businesses to take down their lanterns because they looked "too oriental".
Cities with significant Chinese communities
Based on Demo Istat statistics.
- Milan 18,918 (1.43% on total resident population)
- Rome 12,013
- Prato 11,882 (6.32%)
- Turin 5,437
- Florence 3,890 (1.05%)
- Campi Bisenzio 3,018 (6.87%)
- Reggio Emilia 2,925 (1.72%)
- Bologna 2,654
- Naples 2,456
- Brescia 2,394 (1.23%)
- Venice 2,163
- Empoli 1,759 (3.67%)
- Genoa 1,637
- Forlì 1,607 (1.36%)
- Padua 1,571
- Fucecchio 1,502 (6.39%)
Wenling Tan Monfardini table tennis player (1972)
- Rome Welcomes First Chinese Buddhist Temple
- Largest Buddhist temple in Europe opens in Rome
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