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Italy's young people 'discouraged'

Majority ready to emigrate

26 January, 14:09
Italy's young people 'discouraged' (ANSA) - Rome, January 26 - The majority of young people in Italy are ready to go abroad to work and create their future and an even greater number say they are 'discouraged' over the situation in Italy today, according to a new report from the social research group Eurispes released on Thursday.

The 2012 Italy Report found that 59.8% of Italians between the ages of 18 and 34 would, given the opportunity, leave Italy, a percentage which dipped to 57.1% among those between the ages of 25 and 34 and fell below 50%, to 45.2%, among Italians between 35 and 44, while only 35% of Italians between 45 and 64 would leave the country and only 20.% over the age of 65.

The possibility of finding employment was the greatest motive for emigrating, for 22.9% of those interviewed, followed by miscellaneous reasons for 14.1% and a lower cost if living for 11.8%.

Italy's unemployment rate is currently running at 8.6% with 30.1% of young people between 15 and 24 unable to find work.

The readiness to emigrate appeared to coincide with the findings in the Eurispes study which showed that 63.2% of Italians were discouraged by the general situation in Italy, while 57.7% felt there was little if anything they could do about it.

In fact, 59.6% of Italians quizzed in the poll had little or no desire to personally contribute to any recovery in Italy or work for the country's general interest, compared to 38.3% who said they were ready to do what they can.

However, in regard to making sacrifices to help the Italy out of its current situation, more than half of Italians, 53.1%, said these were necessary and beneficial, compared to some 45% who were skeptical over the possibility of sacrifices having any positive effect.

The most 'discouraged' group in Italy were young people between 25 and 34, over 75% seeing only gloom in Italy's future, followed by those between 45-64 (63.8%) and 35-44 (60.5%), while among young people between 18 and 24 58.9% said they were discouraged and 56.6% of those over 65 felt the same.

The Eurispes report also found that 73.2% of Italians did not feel they were politically represented and 68.1% did not classify themselves in any particular political formation.

Two out of three Italians, 67%, agreed that the situation in Italy got worse in 2011, the highest percentage since 2004 and 15.2 percentage points higher than a similar report a year earlier.

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