More and more Italians marrying foreigners, new study shows

(ANSA) - Venice, December 5 - More and more Italians are marrying non-Italians, the Leone Moressa Foundation for immigration research made known Thursday.

Such weddings increased by 15.3% last year, with 20.764 couples or 10% of the total tying the knot.

An overwhelming majority of ''mixed'' couples, or 78.7%, involve Italian men marrying foreign-born women. The Italians appeared to favor Romanians (14.5%), followed by Ukrainians (8.6%) and Brazilians (6.2%).

The most marriages between citizens and non-citizens occurred where the highest concentrations of foreigners live, namely in the regions of Lombardy, Piedmont, Emilia Romagna, Lazio and Veneto, according to the study.

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