The Filipino Community of Rome

The number of Filipinos living and working in Italy is estimated to be over 200,000 and they are highly concentrated in the cities of Rome and Milan.

The number of T.N.T. or Tago Nang Tago (illegal immigrants) is estimated to be between 20,000 and 80,000.

Around 60% of Pinoy migrants in this country are women who often are the first ones to come and, when they meet the requirements for family reunification, they petition their husbands and the rest of the family.

By and large Filipino illegal migrants in this country don’t run that much of a risk of being deported, as the Filipino community is by far the best accepted and beloved foreign community in the country (78% of Italians view them as hardworking and 66% view them as honest) and also because, as Filipinos often say, mabait ang gobyerno dito…

Filipinos in Italy have the least amount of unemployed people among the various foreign communities, as 77% are employed while 7,2% are unemployed (according to some recent statistics)

Rome has by far the largest concentration of Pinoy in the country

Filipinos buying groceries at the largest multiethnic food market of Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, Rome
Filipino stall inside the multiethnic food market of Rome

Filipinos say “mabait ang gobyerno dito”: a Pinoy parked his bagong kotse in a no-parking area while the “buwaya” were engaged in kwentuan….
The “bayanihan” spirit is alive also among Pinoy in Rome as at many Filipino weddings everyone brings some food and there is some “tulong-tulong”

Neighborhood Restaurant: one of the best Pinoy restaurants in town

Rizal monument in the “Luneta Park” of Rome situated in Piazza Manila
The former squatter area where few Filipinos used to live before police evicted everyone: the place was nicknamed “Beverly Hills” by Filipinos
The “Lake Taal” of Rome or Lago di Vico: a crater lake that has another (extinct) volcano inside

Maligayang pagdating sa Roma!