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Chinese people in Italy

Chinese in Italy
Total population
320,794 (2013)
0.25% of the Italian population
Regions with significant populations
Milan, Rome, Prato, Treviso
Languages
Chinese · Italian
Religion
Predominantly Buddhism[1][2] · Roman Catholicism · Atheism
Related ethnic groups
Overseas Chinese
An image showing the "Rome Chinatown". Rome, along with Milan and Prato, contains the most significant Chinese community in Italy.
The "Prato Chinatown", which is along with the Milan Chinatown and Rome Chinatown, the biggest and most important in Italy.

The community of Chinese people in Italy has grown rapidly in the past ten years. Official statistics indicate there are at least 320,794 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.[3]

Demographics

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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[4][6]

Community relations

In 2007, several dozen protesters took to the streets in Milan over alleged discrimination.[7] The northern Italian town of Treviso also ordered Chinese-run businesses to take down their lanterns because they looked "too oriental".[8]

Cities with significant Chinese communities

Based on Demo Istat statistics.

Notable people

Wenling Tan Monfardini table tennis player (1972)

References

  1. ^ Rome Welcomes First Chinese Buddhist Temple
  2. ^ Largest Buddhist temple in Europe opens in Rome
  3. ^ "http://www.istat.it/it/archivio/129854". 
  4. ^ a b http://www.immigrazioneoggi.it/daily_news/notizia.php?id=001864
  5. ^ Donadio, Rachel (2010-09-12), "Chinese Remake the ‘Made in Italy’ Fashion Label",  
  6. ^ http://www.cesnur.org/2009/slc_zoccatelli.htm
  7. ^ Willey, David (2007-04-13), "Milan police in Chinatown clash", BBC News, retrieved 2008-04-22 
  8. ^ "Oriental decor not allowed", Taipei Times, 2007-05-08, retrieved 2008-04-22 

Further reading

  • Ceccagno, Antonella (September 2003), "New Chinese Migrants in Italy", International Migration 41 (3): 187–213,  

External links

  • SPIEGEL Magazine Article about the Chinese in Prato September 7, 2006
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