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14-Oct-15 12:53. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Welcome to Italy - the new Italians

"Welcome to Italy", the new Italian web series on You-tube tells the story of the new Italians. In the last year immigration has been a top issue in Europe and especially in Italy. The series tries to answer the question of how it feels to be a foreigner coming from a poorer country to Italy. The series is made up of eight short episodes (10 minutes each) which lead the public to empathise with what it means to be immigrants in Italy.

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25-Sep-15 14:59. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

4 million Italians have used illegal substances in the past year

Four million Italians have used drugs during the last year. About 10% of the Italian population in the 15 to 64 age group have taken illegal substances, at least once in the last year. 87% have taken one substance, 13% two kinds or more. The most common are cannabis and cocaine. This is what emerged from the last report presented by the department of anti-drugs policies to the Parliament on drug addiction. The report underlined that the consumption of at least one illegal substance regarded about 20% of young adults aged 15-34, that is more than two and a half million people, and the multiple consumers were over 330 thousand people aged 15-34

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25-Sep-15 14:47. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Want to become a school teacher in Italy?

Becoming a qualified teacher in Italy has always been a long and painful process. To work permanently in a school, hired by the Italian government, it is necessary to pass a public exam, held at irregular lapses of time when new vacancies arise. For this reason the public exam can be every three years or every 10. The last one was in 2012 and it offered a permanent position for thousands of teachers on the condition that they had to accept the job wherever it was. It ended up that many teachers from the south had to move to small towns in the north or to turn down the offer.

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05-Jun-15 14:14. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (61)

It's time to go to the beach - Bandiera blu 2015 rankings

It’s time to go to the beach! Bandiera blu, as every year, has issued its annual report on the the cleanest shores in Italy. 147 Italian coasts have been awarded the “Bandiera blu 2015”, the international recognition granted by the foundation for environmental education (Fee). Liguria ranks at the top with 23 sea localities, followed by Tuscany with 18 and Marche with 17. Campania is at the 4th place with 14 blue flags followed by Puglia, with 11 coastal areas. The good news is that “green” beaches are on the increase this year. There are 7 more shores in the list and 11 new entries. Unfortunately four localities have lost the title. Liguria has three new localities awarded and Campania and Puglia have a new one each. Veneto and Lazio have also a new entry each, both having now 8 flags. Abruzzo lost two flags and has now 8, while Emilia Romagna continues to have 9.

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08-May-15 10:27. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (9)

Italy's young adopting binge drinking

Binge drinking is increasing among young people as a way to socialise and if it was a taboo before, it is now considered as a respectable way of having fun.

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17-Apr-15 15:01. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (66)

Italians relocating to London - but are they happy?

Italians are still massively relocating to London but they seem less enthusiastic than before. The newspaper “Il fatto quotidiano” has recently published an article collecting some young people’s disappointing experiences in the Uk Capital. Istat data showed that during 2014 the number of Italians expatriated to live permanently in London has increased by almost a thousand compared to 2013. The new immigration wave was confirmed to be very young: The majority of the 500.000 Italian people listed in the AIRE register and not, are in the 18-34 age group. 55% are men and 45% are women

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19-Mar-15 16:16. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

La mamma è sempre la mamma

“La mamma è sempre la mamma!” “Mum is always Mum” also in fashion. We are talking about Italy, of course. The “Settimana della moda di Milano” has just concluded and Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana managed to make people talk about their new collection with a clever idea: they presented their new collection celebrating the mum and her idealisation in everyone’s imagination on the notes of "Viva la mamma" by Edoardo Bennato. The classical elements of the Dolce & Gabana brand, such as lace and its patchwork applications, and the “Dolce vita décolleté” have been proposed in a new way, stripped down of their sexy value. Corsets and plunging necklines have been replaced with soft sweet lines.

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23-Feb-15 10:19. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (10)

Il Volo to represent Italy at Eurovision

The 65th edition of the Italian song contest “Sanremo festival” has come to an end, proclaiming its winner: “Il volo”. The already world famous group of young talents will now sing “Grande Amore”, the winning song of the festival, at the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, as the Festival’s winner is automatically invited to perform at the Eurovision contest.

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23-Feb-15 10:17. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (5)

Learning English becoming an obsession for young Italians

Learning English has become an obsession for Italians. No matter the crisis, parents are so worried for their children’s future that whoever can afford it send their sons or daughters to study abroad.

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09-Jan-15 12:18. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (6)

10% of Americans studying abroad choose Italy

According to a research by the Institute of International Education (IIE) studying abroad can be a great career booster. Apparently, as it emerged from an IIE survey, most of the HR departments took into consideration their recruits’ international experience when hiring, promoting and deciding on a new assignment. Nothing new so far, but the surprising data is that 10% of Americans who study abroad go to Italy, which takes second place only to the U.K. Not only American students prefer to study in Europe but also UK students are now more likely to study on the continent, especially since the introduction of much higher tuition fees, which made studying abroad a good cheaper alternative to a traditional British degree.

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