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Bangladeshis in Italy

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Bangladeshis in Italy
Total population
142,403[1] (2016)
Regions with significant populations
Lazio, Lombardy, Veneto
Bengali, English, Italian
Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity
Related ethnic groups
Bangladeshi diaspora

Bangladeshis form one of the largest immigrant populations in Italy. As of 2016, there were more than 100,000 Bangladeshis living in Italy. Most of the Bangladeshis in Italy are based in the regions of Lazio, Lombardy and Veneto with the largest concentrations in the cities of Rome, Milan and Venice.


Bangladeshis first started immigrating to Italy in the 1980s. Between late 1989 and mid-1990 the number of Bangladeshis living in Rome increased from 200-300 by an estimated twenty-fold to become the largest Bangladeshi community in continental Europe. Subsequently, the population doubled in size, mainly through undocumented migration, to an estimated 82,000 people as of 1995.[2]


Most of the Bangladeshis in Italy hail from the districts of Madaripur, Shariatpur and Noakhali.[2] 71.6% of them are male. 59% of the Bangladeshi population (15 years and older) is employed – a figure two percentage points higher than that recorded for the non-EU nationals in the country. The Bangladeshi community in Italy has an unemployment rate of 11%, slightly lower than the whole of non-EU nationals. The service sector absorbs over 70% of the workers belonging to the community. The percentage of Bangladeshis employed in industry is 22%. About 33% of Bangladeshis employed earn a monthly income below €800. Preponderant is the income class between €800 and €1,200, accounting for 48% of the community's employed.[1]


  1. ^ a b "The Bangladeshi Community in Italy - Annual report on the presence of immigrants - 2016" (PDF). Integrazione Migranti Vivere e Lavorare in Italia. Ministero del Lavoro e delle Politiche Sociali. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b Knights, Melanie (1996). "Bangladeshi Immigrants in Italy: From Geopolitics to Micropolitics". Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 21 (1): 105–123. JSTOR 622928.
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