New figures indicate that the number of Italians who move abroad rose by more than 6 percent last year, with more than one-third of those being young adults.

A report released Thursday by the Italian Catholic Bishops Conference's Migrant Foundation, citing official government statistics, put the net number of Italian emigrants at 107,529 last year, with 37 percent of those being between the ages of 18 and 34. The primary destination was Germany, followed by Britain. Most emigrated from the prosperous northern regions of Veneto and Lombardy.

The foundation says the outward trend has been growing over the past decade, with the number of Italians living abroad rising by half since 2006 to 4.8 million as of Jan. 1.