12-Oct-17 12:07. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

Brain drain to lead to Care drain?

The “brain drain” is a well-known phenomenon in Italy which doesn’t seem to stop. In 2015, the last year for which data from Italy’s statistics institute ISTAT are available, 23,000 young Italians left the country, 15 percent over the previous year. Most of these people emigrating abroad are graduates looking for better career opportunities abroad, causing an impoverishment of the country’s human resources. The harsh truth to face is that Italy is literarily giving away its most qualified professionals and is not considered as an attractive option for foreign talents. The brain drain phenomenon deeply differs from any previous emigration wave. First of all, as already mentioned, it mainly involves highly qualified people, but the social change is broader, as for example, it is the first time that young people leave home, in most cases leaving their parent alone, where there are no other children in the family. In the past the family emigrated together or just one of the children left. The consequences on the long run will be dramatic: Italy has already the oldest population in Europe. The brain drain is likely to trigger a consequent phenomenon: the ‘care drain’ as the elderly will be left to fend for themselves.


28-Jun-17 17:27. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Young Italian couple among the victims of the Grenfell Tower blaze

There was a young Italian couple among the victims of the Grenfell Tower blaze. As the main newspapers reported, Gloria Trevisan and Marco Gottardi, both 27 years old, called parents from 23rd storey flat as they watched flames rise towards them. The couple had planned to go back home the week after to celebrate Marco’s 28th birthday on Monday the 26th of June.


28-Jun-17 17:25. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (4)

Textile and Fashion key for the Italian Economy

Textile and fashion companies are crucial to the Italian economy: half of the Italian commercial surplus comes from these two sectors. The textile and fashion industry is Italy’s largest after machinery. Italian fashion revenues continue to outperform Italy’s broader economy. In the last part of 2016 and in the first quarter of 2017, they even picked up speed. In 2016, exports amounted to $62 billion, creating a surplus of $25 billion, half of the Italian total, which recorded an absolute record. The fashion system in the widest sense, including products such as eyewear, jewellery and cosmetics, produced a turnover close to €84 billion.


28-Jun-17 17:21. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

1 in 3 people in Italy think the country should leave the EU

A study by Pew Research Centre showed that more than one in three people in Italy think the country should leave the European Union. According to this survey, most Europeans view the EU more positively since the 2016 Brexit vote, but Italy is an exception to the trend, with an increasingly unfavourable perception of the bloc.


31-May-17 12:25. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

12 mandatory vaccines for school children

The Italian government has made 12 vaccines mandatory for children attending school up to age 16 in an effort to combat what it described as misinformation about vaccines. An intense public debate over children’s vaccinations has characterised the last months of the Italian political scene. The populist 5-Star movement was accused of having emboldened anti-vaccine advocates. The new regulation came as an answer to the measles outbreak, this year, which has recorded three times more than the measles cases in 2016. In Italy, at present, the number of two-year-olds vaccinated against measles has dropped from more than 90% to below 80%. This is well short of the World Health Organization's recommended coverage of 95% or more.


31-May-17 12:23. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Italy's measles epidemic

Italians don't want to vaccinate their children any-more! As a consequence the country is experiencing an outbreak of measles epidemic after a fall-off in vaccinations. According to the Italian health ministry there have been almost 1,500 registered cases of measles this year, while in 2016 they were 840 and 250 in 2015. The compulsory vaccinations in Italy are those against polio, tetanus, diphtheria and hepatitis B. At the moment Children can be admitted to school even if they haven't presented the vaccinations certificate. The health minister Lorenzin announced a new draft law to make the vaccinations included in the national vaccine plan 2017-19 compulsory in order to be admitted to school.


12-May-17 16:34. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Italy has second lowest percentage of graduates in the EU

If intellectual unemployment is a problem in Italy, we can't blame the excessive number of graduates, if anything it’s the lack of opportunities. Eurostar statistics revealed that Italy has the second lowest percentage of graduates in the EU. Across the European Union as a whole, 39.1 percent of the people have a university-level education. Lithuania was on top of the statistic with 58.7 percent, followed by Luxembourg (54.6 percent) and Cyprus (53.4 percent).


12-May-17 16:31. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Youngsters turning to Artisanal work

Italians are returning to traditional skills to boost Italian economy. Artisanal work is becoming more popular among young people and they are rediscovering their entrepreneurial spirit in traditional crafts such as shoe-making, hairdressing, tailoring or making pasta. Hiring among small artisanal businesses rose by 2.3% in 2016, according to data from CNA, the national confederation of artisans and small businesses. This recovery was also helped by new technology and a push by regional and local level governments to help facilitate the growth of startups, particularly in Milan.


07-Apr-17 15:25. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Italians spoil their children?

A recent study on the money spent on Italian children aged 3-13, conducted by the research company Doxa, revealed that spending on Italian children is a three-billion-euro market. Natality rate in Italy is extremely low but children are more spoilt. Last year, spending on Italian children rose by 7%. The study looked at spending on children in seven categories: cinema, books, TV, toys, stationery, parks and water parks.


14-Mar-17 13:08. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Italy - a nation of couch potatoes?

In the period 2013-2015 a 2.7% increase of people who practice sports was recorded in Italy among all age groups, but especially among children in the range from 6 to 10 years and people who reside in metropolitan centres. Even though the number of Italians practising physical activity is on the increase, many of them are couch potatoes. the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) and national statistics agency ISTAT revealed that more Italians are engaging in sports on a regular basis. The numbers were up from 21.5% of Italians in 2013 to 25.1% last year. The proportion of Italians doing sport occasionally also rose from 9.1% to 9.7%.


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