Indian Population in Italy 2022

Indian Population in Italy 2022

India has the largest diaspora in the world & as per the Ministry of External Affairs, there are 3.2 Crores or 32 million Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) residing outside India.

As per the Ministry of External Affairs report, there are 203,052 (2.03 Lakhs) Indians residing in Italy. Out of which around

  • Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) – 45,357 
  • Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) – 157695 (1.57 Lakhs)

read about Population of Overseas Indians

Source: MEA report about overseas Indian population.

Indians in Italy

Indians make around 0.2% of the Italy population & approx population of Indians in Italy as of 2022 is 2 Lakhs. Persons of Indian Origin in Italy are approx  45 thousands. Indian Expats have recently immigrated especially information technology professionals. As of 2022, about 1.60 lakhs NRIs live in the Italy. 

The Indian community, which is a rapidly growing immigrant group, constitutes only 2.9% of the total foreign population in Italy. About half of the total Indian migrant population in Italy live in the central and northern regions of the country, especially in the cities of Rome and Milan. Lombardy hosts the most important Indian community with 47,743 people.

There are large number of immigrants from Punjab in the Italian dairy industry. Indeed, 60% of the workers in the Parmesan industry are Sikh. Most Indians in Italy settle in the north of the country and work in agriculture. 

Religion of Indian population in Italy

Most Indians have retained their religious practices, namely Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam. There are numerous temples and gurdwaras as well as ISKCON centres. There are also many Christians from Kerala. The religion of the Indian people in Italy were as follows:

  • Sikhism: 64.4%
  • Hinduism: 22.0%
  • Christianity: 4.6% 
  • Muslims: 3.4%
  • Buddhism: 0.9%
  • Non religious: 1.6%
  • Other religions: 3.1%