10-Jul-14 16:36. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (17)

Italian Students suffer from summer holidays

According to a research of the University “La sapienza” di Roma, too long Summer vacations are detrimental for learning. Italian students have the longest vacation in Europe and apparently this leads to a drop in learning, especially if the family environment is impoverished and parents can’t help with homework.


10-Jul-14 16:28. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (13)

Back home - Italy's poor 2014 World Cup Campaign

The Italian football team has returned home. After losing 1-0 against Uruguay they’ve been eliminated from the world cup at the first round. The last time Italy was kicked out for two consecutive times at the first round was in 1962 (Chile) and 1966 (England).


02-Jun-14 12:59. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (523)

OGI 2014 another great success

The 2014 games were once again a great success despite being dogged by dreary wet weather. Finchley was the victorious team winning the OGI Padre Russo shield for the 6th time, AS Londra Sud won the Les Rickard Trophy and St Peters won the Sportsmanship Award. The event, as usual, demonstrated the great benefits of an inclusive community displaying camaraderie, spirit and friendly, but fierce, competiveness. Perhaps the icing on the cake was the closing ceremony with presentation of gold, silver and bronze medals by Italian football legend Marco Tardelli, celebrity chefs Antonio Carluccio and Giorgio Locatelli and Consul General Massimiliano Mazzanti.


23-Apr-14 13:29. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (10)

Wine purchases by Italians lowest level since 1861

A recent Coldiretti research revealed that Italian wine consumption fell to its lowest since 1861. Italians drink much less than before. In 2013, Italians drank 22 million hectolitres of wine, less than the Americans and the French. The paradox is that, according to the study of Mediobanca, the industry continues to grow abroad. So if Italian wine abroad grows, increases turnover and employment, on the other hand domestic front consumption is collapsing. The wine purchases of Italian families fell by 7 per cent in 2013 to the lowest record since the Unification of Italy in 1861.


03-Apr-14 10:33. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (4)

Opportunities for the young in Southern Italy

Svimez (the association for the development of the South of Italy) recorded a decrease of 300 thousand entrepreneurs and self employed people in the last 5 years. The surprising fact is that there were some encouraging signs coming from enterprising initiatives in the south of the country, even though the growth forecast for 2014 does not show a positive trend of growth. According to Svimez, 64% of the citizens of the South, which in 2011 have left the South for a region of Centre-North had a degree or a medium-high diploma. These people don’t return to the south and don’t produce wealth for the south. The magazine “L’espersso” has recently reported the stories of young people between 25 and 35 who resisted to the crisis, and instead of going abroad invented jobs for themselves and others. In this case the cheaper cost of living in the South, consequence of a poorer economy, has become a competitive factor.


05-Mar-14 10:15. By Editor | Comments (6)

Young Italians seek pastures new

A growing wave of technologists, researchers and entrepreneurs are leaving Italy. Faced with soaring unemployment and declining economic activity, young Italians are following previous generations in seeking their fortunes abroad, disillusioned by an economy in which graduates must often take menial jobs. Youth unemployment, at just below 37%, is the highest since records began 20 years ago.


15-Jan-14 16:02. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (17)

Italian Embassy helps young Italian immigrants in England

The Italian Embassy in the UK opened the “Sportello primo approdo” to help Italian Immigrants to deal with the difficulties of relocating in the UK. “Primo approdo” will help in every aspect of life in another country, from how to avoid scams when looking for work and lodgings, and how to face up to bureaucracy. It will also give tips on how to best use the health and welfare system, and in general on how to extricate yourself in this new reality.


27-Nov-13 14:51. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (38)

Boomerang kids, parasite singles - Mammoni o bamboccioni

All over the world young people are facing difficulties to emancipate themselves from their family. In many cases they are forced to go back to live with their parents even in the age group 30-40. Society has already given them different names. In America they are called “boomerang kids”, in Japan “parasite singles” and in Italy “Mammoni o bamboccioni!”. According to last year’s Coldiretti/Censis report, one out of three young Italians still live at home with their families.


19-Nov-13 15:50. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (2)

Young Italians less open to the global work market?

The Italian new generations are frightened by the globalised world and are too tied to the family and social context where they have grown up. All this, in short, results in them being less open to the global work market than their European peers.


13-Jun-13 14:26. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (3)

Italy Youth Unemployment hits 41.9%

The Italian National Bureau of statistics (ISTAT) has recently announced that youth unemployment in Italy reached 41.9 percent in the first quarter of this year. It is the highest level recorded since 1977.


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