There is a significant community of Egyptians in Italy
Regions with significant populations
As early as the 2nd century BC, there is strong evidence for an Egyptian presence in Italy, in various professions including bankers, surgeons, actors, musicians, fortune tellers, soldiers, slaves, and the like.
In early modern times, after Napoleon
's 1798-1801 Egypt Campaign
, the degree of contact between Egypt and Europe began to increase again. In 1813, Egyptian leader Muhammad Ali
sent an Egyptian mission to Italy to study printing arts.
However, the United Kingdom and France, rather than Italy, have been the preferred destinations for Egyptian expatriate academics and professionals; Italy, and especially Milan
, tended to attract Egyptian businessmen and unskilled workers instead in the latter half of the 20th century.
Even the exile to Italy of King Farouk of Egypt
following the Egyptian Revolution of 1952
did not have much effect on Egyptian migration to Italy.
Many Egyptians are employed in food-related industries, and in Milan have come to dominate traditionally Italian trades such as pizza and other baked products.
Other Egyptian businesses in Milan include coffee shops, restaurants, and halal butchers.
Egyptians in Italy are generally Muslim. Egyptian migrants increasingly prefer their children to maintain religious endogamy
, especially in the case of their daughters.
It was estimated in 2011 that there were also 20,000 to 25,000 Coptic Christians
in Italy, heavily concentrated in the Milan metropolitan area.
Notable Egyptians in Italy
- ^ "Report on the Egyptian Community in Italy"(PDF). integrazionemigranti.gov.it. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
- ^ a b Stocchiero 2004, p. 8
- ^ Zohry 2009, p. 17
- ^ Meyboom 1995, p. 345
- ^ Zohry 2009, p. 7
- ^ Zohry 2009, p. 8
- ^ a b Zohry 2009, p. 15
- ^ Zohry 2009, p. 16
- ^ Cattane, Valentina (10 January 2011). "Copts in Italy protest, mourn, and demand change". Egypt Independent. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
- Meyboom, P. G. P. (1995), The Nile mosaic of Palestrina: early evidence of Egyptian religion in Italy, Religions in the Graeco-Roman world, 121, Brill, ISBN 978-90-04-10137-1
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