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Number of Italians moving abroad jumped almost 30% in 2012

Almost three-quarters who move away leave Italy for work

06 December, 12:39
Number of Italians moving abroad jumped almost 30% in 2012 (ANSA) - Rome, December 6 - The number of Italians who have moved abroad to seek work jumped by 28.8% last year compared with 2011, according to the annual report of the Censis research agency released Friday. The research showed that in the past decade, the number of people leaving Italy more than doubled, reaching 106,000 from 50,000.

But the numbers jumped dramatically between 2011 and 2012, according to Censis, which conducted its survey in October 2013.

A slight majority of those, 54.1%, were under 35, and the vast majority, 72%, said they have moved for employment, the research showed. Censis also reported that more than one million households said that at least one family member is living abroad. It also found that 44% of the young people living outside Italy have no plans to return to their home country to live while almost 25% are unsure.

Questioned about defects in Italy, almost 55% said they were frustrated by what they saw as an employment system based on personal relationships rather than merit, and 44% said they were troubled by what they saw as cronyism.

Others cited poor quality of services and a waste of public money as factors they dislike about Italy.