The estimated number of foreigners officially registered in Italy doubled between the years 2000 to 2004 and now stands at nearly 2.8 million, according to the latest figures from Caritas-Migrantes. The Rome diocese-based organisation also predicts that the number will rise to 5.5 million over the next ten years. On average immigrants in Italy are better qualified than those in other major European countries but tend to do more menial jobs. The report also reveals that Rome is now the most popular home from home with an immigrant population of over 242,000, or 340,000 in the entire province of Rome, although many are now moving out of the city to live in the surrounding province. Europeans account for 38.3 per cent of all Romes foreign residents with Romanians (17 per cent), Poles (6 per cent) and Albanians (4.6 per cent) the most significant national groups among them. Another 29.9 per cent hail from Asian countries, predominantly Filipinos (9 per cent), while the rest are divided evenly between American (14.8 per cent) and African (15.8 per cent) countries of origin. Over half of Romes foreigners are women and 14.3 per cent are minors. Most immigrant males work in building and construction, sales, hotels and restaurants.

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