Fermo, Italy - Intercultural City
Fermo has always recognized the phenomenon of immigration as a richness and its social policy was aimed at cultural integration and enhancement of dialogue, both through the activation of services and the promotion of measures aimed at the intercultural integration and communication. The significant increase in the number of immigrants in the last decade has made it necessary to pay particular attention to social integration policies.
The town of Fermo, recently the fifth capital of the province of the Marche, has a total of inhabitants (ISTAT data referred to 12/31/2009) referred to 18.292 males and 19.542 females. Fermo has always got the vocation of being a welcoming city, both for its historical culture and for being a cultural centre of exchanges on the Adriatic coast. The instruments the city has to reply to this vocation are manifold and are being consolidated and refined over time. Fermo is also welcoming to foreigners so many of them have decided to live there firmly. In its territory there are many citizens from 90 different nationalities for a total of 3,362 inhabitants (1.643 males and 1.719 females). The main nationalities represented are Romania (621 residents), Albania (462), Morocco (331), China (259) and Poland (212). There is a significant female presence in the territory: foreign women represent are 8.8 % of the total number of female citizens and 51,13% of the whole people. Another important aspect is the presence of foreign minors who are 11,93% of children population and 22. 49% of foreign citizens.
It’s very important to note that on 15.416 families, in almost 1571 there is - at least- a foreign partner ( more than 10%). The least important aspect is the acquisition of Italian citizenship which affected, in 2009, 33 people, 15 men and 18 women.