Married cross-border families in Italy: analysis of the Italian National Institute of Statistics of marriages celebrated in the years 2017 - 2018 - 2019 with reference to the criterion of citizenship. Giovanna di Benedetto, UNICAM PhD Student

13 June 2021

With the preliminary clarification that in Italy recognizes only opposite sex marriages, the Italian National Institute of Statistics (hereinafter referred to as "ISTAT") annually acquires surveys of statistical data from different Italian municipalities.
It is, in short, a survey on all marriages celebrated by the population resident within the Italian territory. 
In particular the analysis allows us to understand the relationship between marriage and citizenship.
The data has been collected through the compilation of ISTAT’s module D.3 which each spouse has to fill during the wedding and which is provided by each state official.

Table of contents: report of the total weddings celebrated in Italy in relation to spouse’s citizenship:  

 

Type of data

Wedding numbers/spouse citizenship

Territory

Italy

Type of relationship 

Both spouse are Italian citizens

Italian groom and foreign bride 

Foreign groom and Italian bride 

Both spouse are foreigners 

At least one spouse is a foreigner 

Total 

Time period

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017

 

158964

17487

5427

9409

32323

191287

2018

 

161845

17789

6127

10017

33933

195778

2019

 

149903

17924

6243

10018

34185

184088


Data available at: http://dati.istat.it/Index.aspx?QueryId=49858# (last visited 12/06/2021)

From ISTAT’s report two data stand out:
- the progressive decrease in the number of marriages celebrated between spouses with both Italian citizenship;
- the progressive increase in the number of marriages between spuses where at least one of them is not an Italian citizen.

Therefore, as the report states, there is an increase of married couples with cross-border characteristics that might be potentially suitable for the application of Council Regulation (UE) 2016/1103 of 24th  June 2016 implementing enhanced cooperation in the area of jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of decisions in matters of the property consequences.

 

 

Translation English/International Version: 

Ivan Allegranti- Research Fellow and PhD Candidate in Civil Law – Civil Law and Constitutional Legality – University of Camerino