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Top four Foreign Populations in Europe are Turks, Moroccans, Romanians and Italians

Author: PaulDz
Date: 19.10.2010
Category: Diasporas

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I know it sounds strange to say that the top four Foreign Populations in Europe are Turks, Moroccans, Romanians and Italians. Aren’t Italy and Romania part of the European Union? Yes, it is true but these are the Italians and Romanians who are living outside of their countries. There are close to 300,000 Italians living in Switzerland and nearly 740,000 Romanians living in Spain.

The fascinating thing about this is what it means for the spread of the gospel. The Romanians have brought the gospel with them to Spain. In the small city of Castelldefels just outside of Barcelona there are two relatively large Romanian churches. These ethnic churches reach out to their host culture.

This is ture of the Ecuadorians and many other South and Central Americans. It is estimated that the evangelical population of Spain increased dramatically with the influx of believers from Latin America. They have become an important part of most evangelical churches and have started a considerable number of their own congregations.

Here are the top ten foreign populations in the European Union’s 27 countries:

Country.......Pop. in Europe

1. Turkey.....2,419,000

2. Morocco....1,727,000

3. Romania....1,677,000

4. Italy......1,262,000

5. Albania....1,015,000

6. Poland.....1,197,000

7. Portugal.....965,000

8. Germany......773,000

9. Algeria......594,000

10. Ecuador.....511,000

The complete report of immigrants in Europe can be downloaded from here (11MB)

Keywords: europe, immigrants, diaspora, European Union, foriegn citizen, Spain, Romanians, Turks

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Italy

Great report, very useful. I just realized I live in a strong immigration, but also strong emigration country. Result = less Italians and more foreigners in Italy. If you add to this the fact that we have one of the oldest populations in the world and one of the lowest birth rates we are likely on the verge of a significant transformation of the population.


03.06.2011
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Here is another link to the report http://gemission.org/stories/new-report-foreign-citizen-populations-europe


01.06.2011
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Italy

I totally agree with your last sentence.


01.06.2011
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Italy

The map is very interesting. What it does not show is the timing. Turkish/Moroccan emigration took place mostly during the last 15 years, Romanian emigration is recent (mostly after becoming part of the EU in 2007), while Italian emigration is much older - mostly during the seventies.

What is absolutely true is that Christian immigrants from South America, but also Africa are giving great impulse to the church in Spain, but also Italy, France and other countries. In Italy, where I live, Christian immigrants have outnumbered by far local Christians. To give an example, in my city there are 6 Italian churches, 5-6 Latino churches, more than 15 African churches/groups and a number of other ethnic churches.


01.06.2011
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@ francesco:

Thank you for your comment. Immigration to these countries has been happening over a period of time. The map, however, only shows recent immigration. The data comes from 2008 and only shows those people within Europe that do not have not been nationalized and therefore only have visas or work permits from their host countries. So, although it is true that there are many New Swiss are Italian by birth the 214,000 shown on the map are recent immigrants. This is also true with Turks in Austria and the other countries.


These immigration figures were published by the European Union. What is facinating is the impact many of the immigrant communities are making for the gospel. The Latinos and Romanians as well as the Africans. It is just as you say in your comment and it is quite encouraging.


Some say that God is now ignoring the European but these believing diaspora communities are beginning to re-evangelize Europe. It is one more reason to say that there is Hope for Europe.


01.06.2011

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