More than 100,000 Italians fled in 2014

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Germany proved to be the most popular destination for Italian emigres last year. Emigration photo: Shutterstock
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More than 100,000 Italians emigrated in 2014 - a significant jump on the previous year - with Germany and the UK the prime destinations of choice.

A total of 101,297 Italians left the country last year, a ten-year high and 7,171 more than in 2013, government figures obtained by Il Sole 24 Ore show.

The majority stayed within Europe, the region of choice for 66,376 emigrés last year.

Germany proved to be the most popular destination, with 14,270 new arrivals from Italy in 2014, followed by the UK (13,388) and Switzerland (11,092).

Younger Italians, however, picked the UK most often; 8,351 Italians aged 20 to 40 moved across the Channel compared to 7,374 who went to Germany.

Outside of Europe, countries featuring in the top ten overall include Australia, Argentina, Brazil and the US.

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While there was a near gender balance in those leaving - 44 percent were women - figures show a marked imbalance in the regions Italians departed from.

Milan’s Lombardy region accounted for 18,425 emigrés last year, followed by Sicily (8,765) and Veneto (8,720) in the north-east.

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