Interact Magazine for Europe February 2014

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Interact | Travel and Moving ers migration. According to statistical data, Italians overtake the Channel because of the English language. Moving to EU countries is much easier than moving to the United States or Australia, where long term Visa processes often make migration an illusion, not a reality. Beppe Severgnini − Italian writer, editorialist and contributing opinion writer to The New York Times − describes London as “the most exciting, cosmopolitan, brilliant chameleon city on the planet”. According to his analysis, London is attractive for being international − like the Big Apple, 1 person out of 3 is born abroad: every year the British capital opens its doors to 250 thousand foreigners − in-

Claudia, 24 (Terni) and Mara, 26 (Roma) Claudia dreams to become an Interpreter. Mara has been studying art and one day she will be a Graphic Designer

novative, young, so dynamic, genuinely meritocratic and rich of opportunities. Italians who get to London are full of dreams and great expectations. To achieve their ambitious goals, they often have to lower their skills, initially working in pubs, cafés or restaurants, paid at the minimum national wage. Although the demands of hiring employers have become higher, they provide young people with encouraging opportunities to live in a foreign country and to chase their ambitions. London life is really expensive. Most of the times, half of the salary goes to pay the expensive rent, another quarter to support the public transportation, what is left is to enjoy life and to pursuit academic or professional goals.

Alex, 24 (Vicenza)

A thousand stories could be told. Here are

Next year, he will be on a road trip

some of the ones I have been listening to.

across the U.S., studying Sound

One of them started this way. Mara was


working in a big grocery store in Canary Wharf when a British Customer kindly asked her: “my darling, you have such beautiful weather, wonderful beaches and delicious food..why did you decide to come to London?”. Here are some of the answers.

Tatiana, 32 (Perugia) She will marry a true American cowboy (it’s ok as well if he comes from Boston or San Francisco)

Sara, 24 (Perugia)

and one day she will be running

Her goal is to become a

her own café in a Carosello Style

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