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Croats of Italy

Croats of Italy
Total population

cca 23,000[1][2]

Italian, Croatian
Mostly Roman Catholicism
Related ethnic groups
Italians, Croats
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The Croats of Italy are the ethnic group of Croats living in Italy. In 2010 people with Croatian citizenship in Italy numbered about 21,079,[1] but the Croats of Italy include also an autochthonous community, the Molise Croats.


  • Molise Croats 1
  • Associations, publications and media 2
  • Famous Croats of Italy and Italians with Croatian ancestry 3
  • References 4

Molise Croats

Molise Croats, who were the first Croats to settle in Italy, at the time of the Ottoman expansion in the Balkans, are one of the linguistic minority officially recognised by the Italian Republic.[2] They achieved protection as a minority on 5 November 1996 by an agreement signed between Croatia and Italy.[2] According to 2001 census, there were 2,801 Molise Croats, of which 813 lived in San Felice del Molise (Croatian: Štifilić; Filić), 800 in Acquaviva Collecroce (Croatian: Kruč) and 468 in Montemitro (Croatian: Mundimitar).[2] The number of Molise Croats is in decline.[2]

Associations, publications and media

In the region of

  1. ^ a b "Statistiche demografiche ISTAT". Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Hrvatska manjina u Talijanskoj Republici".  


Famous Croats of Italy and Italians with Croatian ancestry

The Foundation "Agostina Piccoli" and the Association "Naš život" are issuing the bilingual magazine "Riča živa/Parola viva" (English: Living Word), while the Alliance of Croatian Associations prints also the bilingual magazine "Insieme" (Croatian: Zajedno, English: Together).[2]


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