There are over 442,000 foreign residents living in the province of Rome, with another 100,000 living in the greater Roman area, according to a report carried out by immigration officials in collaboration with the chamber of commerce and Catholic charitable association Caritas.

The report reveals that the province of Rome is the principal area of immigration in Italy and that the foreign population living in the region around the capital has tripled in the last ten years.

Data from 1 January of this year showed that there are 542,688 foreigners resident in the Lazio region, with over 80 per cent of them living in the province of Rome.