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Connect with Italian Expats Worldwide

For every 100 Italians living within Italy’s borders, around nine live beyond them.

Argentina remains the most popular choice for Italian expats, many of whom find settling in in a country with such a huge Italian community relatively easy. Others stay geographically closer to home, opting to live in Germany, France, or Switzerland. From learning how to live la bella vita abroad, to speaking a new language, there are a lot of big changes that come with life as an Italian expat. But what does taking the step and moving abroad really feel like?

One thing is certain, and that is that there really is no one way to feel. A change as big as this brings nervousness and excitement, often in equal measure. As you learn to love new culinary and coffee traditions, it’s likely that, at some point, you will find yourself longing for the ones that you left behind, along with loved ones and familiar places. Spending time with people from your home country can really help to make settling into your new life easier.

How to Meet Other Italian Expats

Meeting up with other people who are making the same adjustments to their lives and routines as you are can be helpful as you begin your adventure in a new country. That’s why getting to know fellow Italian expats is so important when you move abroad. Established in 2007, InterNations is the largest expat network with over 4 million members. It’s a trusted community offering a range of experiences that bring global minds together, and Italians are one of the largest nationalities!

Attending InterNations Events is a great way to connect with fellow Italians people abroad. Whatever interests or hobbies you may have brought with you from home, there will almost certainly be an opportunity for you to develop them further as part of the InterNations community — and make new friends as you do so! We have a huge range of online and in-person events on offer, perfect for learning more about the culture and history of your new city, or getting tips on expat life there.

A Few Facts about Italian Expats

InterNations conducts an annual survey of expats worldwide called Expat Insider, looking at questions like why they moved abroad, how long they plan to stay, and how happy they are.
Here’s what Italian expats shared about their experiences:

  • The most common reasons for Italians to move abroad were professional, either due to being recruited internationally, being sent abroad by an employer, or finding a job abroad independently.
  • 63% of Italians are satisfied with their financial situation in their destination, compared to the global average of 61%.
  • 58% of Italians think that people generally have a positive attitude towards foreign residents.

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The Top Countries for Italian Expats

So where can you find other Italians living abroad? InterNations has 420 communities in 166 countries. These countries are the most popular destinations for Italian expats:

Italian Expat Communities in South- & Middle America

For centuries, South America has been a popular destination for Italians looking to live abroad. “Little Italy” neighborhoods can be found in cities from São Paulo to Buenos Aires, offering Italian expats a taste of home. Steeped in culture, history, and variety, it is easy to see why places such as these are so appealing for those looking for a new life abroad.

Italian Expat Communities in Europe

Many Italian expats choose to stay within Europe when looking to relocate, driven by a sense of common culture and languages that are closer to their own. While countries like France, Germany, and Switzerland are geographically nearby, their rich history and varied landscapes make them very appealing.

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Eastern Europe

Italian Expat Communities in Africa

For Italians looking for a change of culture, landscape, and lifestyle, Africa has many attractive destinations on offer. There are large Italian communities already established in South Africa, but the continent is bursting with beautiful places that would be great for settling into a new way of life.

Italian Expat Communities in Asia

With a fast-growing economy and a great amount of cultural diversity, Asia is a popular choice among Italian expats. The continent is home to people as proud of their unique ways of life, and as passionate about things such as their culinary culture, as Italians. It is the perfect place for Italian citizens to embark on an expat adventure.

Italian Expat Communities in North America

North America is a continent of great variety, with a good climate, friendly population, and plenty of employment opportunities, particularly within its bigger cities. Whether you choose to set up your new life in Canada, or see for yourself what New Yorkers would consider the “perfect pizza”, this continent could easily become the perfect place for you to call home.

Italian Expat Communities in Oceania

Oceania is a continent bursting with attractive places to begin a new life. The accent and language may take some getting used to, but the high quality of life, friendliness of the local population, and excitingly different culture will definitely make the move worth your while!

  • Paolo Greco

    "Previously I was not a big friend of social networks, but the high quality of the InterNations members convinced me to join -- and stay."

  • Mario Rimardi

    "Wish I had discovered InterNations before I relocated to Kenya. It's really helpful on both a private and a professional level."

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Cities with large Italian communities