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Italian youth throws Dolce Vita and travels to the UK

Recent data show that Britain has pushed Germany out of first place in the ranking of "The best country for Italians looking for work."

Great Britain is the favorite destination of Italians traveling in search of a better job and life to another country. So, tens of thousands of young representatives of Italy refuse to live in their own country, whose economic condition was pretty much “knocked down” by the 2008 crisis.

Sociologists and specialists in population migration claim that over the past year, almost 13 thousand representatives of Italian youth decided to move to the UK in search of more comfortable living and working conditions, as well as opportunities to realize themselves. In total in 2013, more than 94 thousand of its residents left Italy. Such data came from a Catholic organization called Fondazione Migrantes www.migrantes.it, which carefully monitors the flow of people coming and going from the country to their permanent place of residence.

The latest surge in the Italians' permanent residence resembles the same trend that was observed in the 19th century, when millions of representatives of sunny Italy set off to conquer the United States of America and South America in the 1950s. Also at that time, the industrial cities of Germany, Belgium and France enjoyed popularity among Italian emigrants.

It is worth noting that in 2013 young and full-bodied residents left Italy mainly: the average age of Italians who left the country ranged from 18 to 34 years. It was this age group that was most affected by the difficult economic situation that the country fell into after 2008. This year, youth unemployment was a record 40 percent. Most Italians who went in search of their happiness in another country were born and raised in the largest cities of the country, such as Milan, Rome, Venice, Padova and Verona.

And while the current Prime Minister of Italy is trying as quickly and efficiently as possible to solve the problem of unemployment in the country, as well as to carry out reforms in the country's economy, the number of Italians who prefer London and other cities in the UK is growing rapidly.

Moreover, according to a survey conducted by the Italian agricultural products association Coldiretti (Coldiretti - www.coldiretti.it), every second representative of the Apennine Peninsula admits that he is ready to move to another country in search of new opportunities and horizons. Many are simply shocked by the scale of the economic hole that the country has plunged into, ever-increasing unemployment and an almost complete lack of a chance to find well-paid and permanent jobs.

"The number of Italian immigrants continues to increase. These are young and highly educated people," said Irene Tinagli, professor of economics. "The Italians who moved abroad clearly showed anger, as well as distrust of the authorities of the country, which many were forced to leave. It was a kind of need to speak out against a system that cannot be relied on."

A study by Coldiretti showed that Italian youth believes that the country's government is simply not able to carry out large-scale reforms. Interviewees said that their decision to pack and move to another country was affected by too high taxes, as well as the lack of meritocracy. The data also showed that men, not women, and university graduates turned out to be easier on the rise than people without higher education.

“In an aging country like Italy, the desire of young people to leave here is an inadmissible loss of talent and the strength we need to regain our former power,” said Roberto Mancalvo, head of the Coldiretti association.

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