2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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The other side of Italian Emigration: storming the Working Holiday Program in Canada

Every year the Citizenship and Immigration department of the Canadian Government (CIC) offers the opportunity to many Italians, as well as citizens of other partner countries, to work in Canada for a temporary period and explore the country. Italy has sent thousands of citizens and many are trying to enter the contest every year.

What many Italians do not know, is the real purpose of this project, called IEC (International Experience Canada). As its name says, it is simply an opportunity to spend 6 months working in a foreign country and 6 more months are given to explore the country after having worked. It is an experience, not a way to migrate there. However, many Italians think that since the crisis does not seem to end, they might try this type of “easy way” to get into Canada and be able to get a sponsor and be granted Permanent Residence. Continue reading

New World of Migrants platform!

Dear World of Migrants friends,

We are glad to announce that a new World of Migrants website has been published on the internet! The articles will still be written through WordPress, but you will be able to find some new features on the new website!

https://sites.google.com/site/worldofmigrants is the new website. You will find all the articles filed into their main categories, with the link to their wordpress page.

The great new feature that we launched today is the “Immigrant Stories” section. There you can find a form with which you can share your own experience, or the story of someone you know. All the instructions and rules are written on the page http://sites.google.com/site/worldofmigrants/immigrant-stories

We really hope you enjoy the new website and we look forward to hearing #YOUR stories!

World of Migrants

Whatever they will do to us, they are nothing: Romanian exploitation in Sicily

Sicily: the port of entry to continental Europe from the Mediterranean. What many people do not know is what happens in the Sicilian countryside, where thousands of migrants work in agriculture, in particular in the fruit and vegetables industry. Part of what you find in the supermarkets and grocery stores might be produced in this areas, especially because of the favorable climate all year round.

Here many people, principally women, come from the poorest areas of Eastern Europe to work in the greenhouses of southern Sicily, to produce out of season groceries that will then be sold all around the country. The majority of these women are young mothers, coming from Romania with their young kids and sometimes with their partners to find a better opportunity, some more money to support the family. They do not know what they will be facing once they are hired by their “padrone”. Continue reading