Romanians in Italy

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Romanians in Italy
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Total population
(additional 150,021 Moldovans)[2]
Regions with significant populations
Rome, Milan, Turin, Palermo, Bologna, Brescia, Bergamo, Florence
Italian, Romanian
Predominantly (Orthodox, Other Christians)
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Romanians in Italy became a notable presence mostly after 1999, due to a large wave of emigration known in Romania as Fenomenul către UE (Movement to the EU Phenomenon). 80% of the emigrants went to Spain or Italy, whose national languages are related to Romanian. They were followed by a further wave beginning in 2002, when Romanian citizens obtained the right to leave their country and go to any Schengen Zone country without having a visa. As of 2013, there were 1,081,400 Romanian citizens with additional 150,021 Moldovans living in Italy.

On 4 November 2007, Italy started expelling Romanians with criminal records, after a wave of violent crimes of which swelling numbers of Romani immigrants from Romania were held responsible.[3] Roma are a large historical ethnical minority in Romania (over 600,000 people, 3.3% of the population) and they make up 6% of Romanians in Italy too.[4][5]

Romanian market in Monza in 2011

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cittadini Stranieri. Popolazione residente per sesso e cittadinanza al 31 Dicembre 2013 Italia - Tutti i Paesi". 
  2. ^ [1] Non-EU citizens legally residing Jan 2014
  3. ^ "Italy starts deporting Romanians", BBC News, 2007-11-05, retrieved 2009-12-09 
  4. ^ Ciobanu, Claudia (16 May 2008). "EUROPE: Home to Roma, And No Place for Them". Inter Press Service. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Roma in Romania