Egyptians in Italy
There is a significant community of Egyptians in Italy.
Egyptians in Italy
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Lombardy Lazio Piedmont[2]
Arabic (Egyptian Arabic), and Italian[3]
Majority of Sunni Islam and some Coptic Christianity or Irreligion
Migration history
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.[4] 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.[5]
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.[6] 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.[7]
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.[7] Other Egyptian businesses in Milan include coffee shops, restaurants, and halal butchers.[8]
See also: Islam in Italy
Egyptians in Italy are generally Muslim. Egyptian migrants increasingly prefer their children to maintain religious endogamy, especially in the case of their daughters.[2] 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.[9]
Notable Egyptians in Italy
Further information: Category:Italian people of Egyptian descent

Magdi Allam

Stephan El Shaarawy

Amir Issaa
See also
  1. ^ "Report on the Egyptian Community in Italy"(PDF). integrazionemigranti.gov.it​. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  2. ^ a b Stocchiero 2004, p. 8
  3. ^ Zohry 2009, p. 17
  4. ^ Meyboom 1995, p. 345
  5. ^ Zohry 2009, p. 7
  6. ^ Zohry 2009, p. 8
  7. ^ a b Zohry 2009, p. 15
  8. ^ Zohry 2009, p. 16
  9. ^ Cattane, Valentina (10 January 2011). "Copts in Italy protest, mourn, and demand change". Egypt Independent. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
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