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Brain Drain in Italy?

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“Italy is losing its best and brightest to a decade of economic stagnation, a frozen labor market and an entrenched system of patronage and nepotism. For many of the country’s most talented and educated, the land of opportunity is anywhere but home.”

A new Time Magazine article is looking at how Italy’s young are leaving their country for better opportunities abroad. It offers quite good insight into the current situation which gives little opportunity to recent university graduates, and lays open the struggle faced by many young Italians. Even the director general of Rome’s elite LUISS university, Pier Luigi Celli, advised his son in an open letter last November: “This country, your country, is no longer a place where it’s possible to stay with pride … That’s why, with my heart suffering more than ever, my advice is that you, having finished your studies, take the road abroad. Choose to go where they still value loyalty, respect and the recognition of merit and results.”

But how bad to things need to get for Italians, famously attached to their home country, to be driven away from home?

Read more here: Arrivederci, Italia: Why Young Italians Are Leaving

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