In 2012, the number of Italians living abroad and listed in the Consular network’s Register Office system was 4,662,213 million. 52% were concentrated in just four countries: Argentina (801,425), Germany (688,685), Switzerland (569,120) and Brazil (387,743). These were some of the key figures to emerge at the presentation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Statistical Yearbook for 2013. The event, which took place on 10 July 2013, was attended by the Secretary General, Michele Valensise; Sabrina Ugolini, Head of the Statistics Office and editor of the Yearbook; and the Head of the Coordination Unit, Luigi Vignali.
41,000 emergency interventions for Italians abroad
Emergency interventions for Italians abroad are coordinated by the Crisis Unit, the Directorate General for Italians Abroad and the Diplomatic-Consular network. 2012 saw 41,000 such interventions, 1,062 of which conducted by the Crisis Unit, compared with 1,002 in 2011 and 701 in 2010. Of these, 36 cases involved kidnappings of Italian nationals, down from 41 in 2011. Cases coordinated by the Directorate General for Italians Abroad totalled 39,998, compared with 42,000 in 2011 and 45,000 in 2010.