Capannori, Italy - Intercultural City
Over the last 20 years the area of Capannori has gone through a phase of transformation that continues to this day. Thanks to a slow urban and economic development the rural town has become a real city. These changes also involved the population. In fact, since the end of the 90's Capannori started to attract foreign workers who gradually settled raising families and becoming part of the social tissue of the city. Notwithstanding all these changes, the citizens did not lose their sense of solidarity and togetherness which was typical of the ancient rural societies and along with the local administration find the way to integration.
By December 31, 2011 the number of residents of Capannori was 46,454. Overall, there are 3,685 people born outside Italy (they make up 7,93% of the population). These numbers are constantly growing considering that in 2010 immigrants represented 7,55% of the population, while in 2005 reached only the 4,7%. There was an increase of 72% in five years.
The percentage of immigrants under age 18 is 11,57% of the total residents due to a bigger amount of fertility rates of foreign women compared to Italians. Of these immigrants 32% are Moroccan, 24% Albanian, 13% Rumanian, 12,6% Sinhalese and 3% Tunisian.
The amount of residents born on a foreign country reaches the 9% due to an increasing number of immigrants that became Italian citizens during the past years. The largest age group is represented by young people aged between 19 and 35 (34,7%) followed by adults aged 36-50 (27,5%) and children between 0 and 10 years (16,5%).
The ratio among the population of female and male immigrants is almost equal. Men represent the 50,1% while women 49,9%.
A quarter of the immigrant comes from Morocco (926 people which represent 1,99% of Capannori’s residents). A fifth arrived from Romania (746 people, 1,60% of the residents) and Albania (709 people, 1,52 of the residents). People from Sri Lanka constituted 12% of the immigrant population (446 people and 0,96 of the city’s residents).
However, the immigrant population who settled in the city come from 82 different countries of Europe, Africa, Asia and America.