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%.


14-Mar-17 13:06. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Foreign couples choosing Italy for their weddings

Italian wedding destinations are increasingly popular, as was revealed by the Florence-based tourism research centre “Centro Studi”. 7,000 foreign couples picked an Italian destination for their wedding in 2015, spending on average 54,000 euros. In the same year the wedding business generated over 330,000 arrivals and a total of 1.1 million tourists in Italy.


02-Feb-17 14:32. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

New Radio station for London Italians

London ONE radio is the new web radio for the Italians in London. It was founded by Philip Baglini, already director of the web magazine “L' Italoeuropeo”. London ONE radio aims at promoting Italian culture and gives voice to the Italians who live in London and throughout the UK. Italian music plays also an important part together with the interviews to Italian artists performing in the UK.


02-Feb-17 14:30. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Youth unemployment hits 39% in Italy

Italy's Constitutional Court rejected a bid by the country's biggest trade union, CGIL to call for a referendum on former prime minister Matteo Renzi's “Jobs act” which made it easier to fire workers. The judges did however approve two other referendums proposed by CGIL, regarding the use of vouchers to pay workers who have no contract and on extending the rights of people working on projects assigned by tender processes. Work vouchers give workers no rights to sick pay, holidays or leave. They were introduced as an experiment in 2008, but their use reached 70 percent in 2015. The voucher scheme is now out of control and action must be taken to curb its use. Renzi hoped making dismissals easier would have encouraged firms to hire, but the unemployment rate rose in November to its highest since June 2015, shortly after the measures began to be applied and youth unemployment in Italy skyrocketed to 39%. Italy has one of the highest jobless rates in the euro zone and almost 40 percent of the population aged between 15 and 24 are unemployed. There are more than 600,000 young people unemployed in Italy.


13-Dec-16 13:20. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Young Italians are the new poor

According to the Catholic charity “Caritas” young Italian workers are the new poor. The Caritas' report showed that not only unemployed people but also workers, families and the young live below the poverty line. The traditional pattern that saw poverty levels increase with age no longer holds in Italy. Differently from before, poverty is inversely proportional to age. The young are much more likely to be poor than the elderly.


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