Distinguishing assimilation from integration, an often overlooked conceptual distinction, this paper analyses a central dimension of assimilation in Italy: mixed marriages between foreigners and national citizens, their incidence and forms. Data is drawn from Istat «Condizioni e integrazione sociale dei cittadini stranieri in Italia» survey. Three main results emerge. First, mixed marriages are rare in all examined migrant groups. Second, exogamy varies greatly according to nationality and gender. Third, timing of immigration and immigrant generation influence exogamy according to nationality and gender. Further research is needed to examine the importance of sending countries, migrant communities, and immigration systems.
Keywords: Immigration; Assimilation; Mixed Marriages.