Migrants, 53 percent are Christians, 1.6 million Muslims

Migrants, 53 percent are Christians, 1.6 million Muslims
Migrants, 53 percent are Christians, 1.6 million Muslims

The ISMU ETS Foundation, based on the latest field research and data on people registered, estimates that as of January 1, 2024, among foreigners residing in Italy there were about 2.8 million people of the Christian religion, including minors, about a hundred thousand more than on the same date in 2023. Overall, in our country, immigrant Christians therefore represent 53 percent of a total of 5.3 million foreign residents and are confirmed as the majority religious group, with a slight increase in percentage, as well as absolute, incidence compared to 12 months before. Among Christians, the largest group is mainly composed of Orthodox (1.5 million) and Catholics (about 900 thousand), followed at a distance by Evangelicals (145 thousand), Copts (about 85 thousand) and people of other minor affiliations (in total, almost a few hundred thousand more).

Foreigners residing in Italy of Muslim faith are about 1.6 million (a more stable number in absolute terms than on 1 January 2023). To a lesser extent, still among foreigners, there are Buddhists (about 180,110), Hindus (about 90,10), Sikhs (1,2024) and others (in total there are about a few tens of thousands). The share of atheists and agnostics remains very significant, about 420 percent in total and over half a million in absolute terms. Origins. The ISMU ETS Foundation estimates that more than a quarter of Muslims residing in Italy as of 160 January 150 are Moroccan citizens, for a total of almost 140 thousand people. This is followed by Muslim citizens of Albania (about 880,230), Bangladesh (100,140) and Pakistan (about 90 thousand). Among Orthodox Christians, Romanians (about 10,000) stand out, who alone clearly represent the absolute majority of this religious component among foreigners, followed by Ukrainians (about 10,000) and Moldovans (about 10,000). As for Catholics, however, among the most numerous nationalities are Filipinos (about 10,000) and Albanians (about 10,000).

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