African emigrants to Italy

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African emigrants to Italy
1st row: Ahmed Aboul GheitMatteo Ferrari
2nd row: Marcello FiasconaroSaba Anglana
3rd row: Elena Angione • Jean-Léonard Touadi
Total population
approx. 1,000,000 residents as of 2010.[1]
Regions with significant populations
Rome, Milan, Turin, Palermo, Bologna, Brescia, Bergamo, Florence
Italian, Afro-Asiatic languages, Niger–Congo languages, Nilo-Saharan languages
Predominantly Roman Catholicism (Orthodox, Others Christians· Sunni Islam

African emigrants to Italy include Italian citizens and residents originally from Africa. Immigrants from Africa officially residing in Italy in 2010 numbered about 1,000,000 residents,[1](about 1.65% of total Italian population).


Africans in the Roman Empire[edit]

Africans have been immigrating to Italy since the Roman Era.


North and North East Africans[edit]

The largest group of immigrants from Africa are from North Africa, numbering about 647,000 official residents in 2010.[2] By country of origin, most of these recent arrivals are from Morocco (452,424), Tunisia (106,291), Egypt (90,365) and Algeria (25,935). Italy also has a number of immigrants from Libya (1,468), Somalia (8,112), Eritrea (13,368) and Ethiopia (8,593), territories where Italian expatriates had a presence during the colonial period.

West and Central Africans[edit]

A group of black African men sitting or squatting on a low bench next to a glass wall in a large city square. In the rear can be seen a street with a tall rectilinear skyscraper
Sub-Saharan African immigrants in Milan

Compared to North and Northeast Africans, the percentage of West and Central Africans as a proportion of immigrants to Italy from Africa is 30.6% (approximately 337,000 residents).[3]

West Africans represent the majority of Sub-Saharan Africans in Italy, who number around 337,000.[4] Most come from Senegal (80,989), Nigeria (53,613) and Ghana (46,890).

Notable individuals[edit]

The following is a list of notable African nationals who have immigrated to and now at least partially reside in Italy.



Media and literature[edit]


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