The Mediterranean Odyssey: is the new EU bill going to be approved?

What happened in the past couple years in the Mediterranean is not going to easily end. Thousands of people, trying to seek for a better life, a better chance, are getting on those boats, trying to cross what now can be called the Sea of Death.

In the past month, another tragedy stained those water with blood, blood of human beings who have been exploited, mistreated and robbed by those who are seen as life saviours by mistake. Those smugglers who have nothing to lose, who take people from the poorest parts of Africa, ask them all the money they earned in their lifetime for the journey of fortune, which might turn into a nightmare once they start sailing. Continue reading

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The immigration process: a new business?

When it comes to move to another country, people must take into account the expenses that are required in order to follow the process in a legal way. Many countries apply fees to most, if not all, the papers and procedures required in order to be granted a temporary or permanent residence. But can we consider this a new kind of business for governments and people offering consulting services?

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Express Entry: not an easier way to reach Canada

Starting from January 1st of this new year, Citizenship and Immigration Canada launched a new program called “Express Entry/Entrée Express” to provide more opportunities to prospective skilled immigrants.
This program will cover Canadian key economic immigration programs, such as the FSW (Federal Skilled Worker), FST (Federal Skilled Trader), CEC (Canadian Experience Class) and part of the PNP (Provincial Nominee Program).

Since the launch day, 4 days ago, many candidates tried to make their own profile online to be able to participate to this program and “seek an easy way out” with Express Entry, because the name sounds like you can move to Canada in the blink of an eye. Continue reading

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

The Italian Exodus: the faucet that won’t stop spilling water

It is no surprise that Italy has been having a long and rich immigration history, especially since the year of the unification, 1861. What surprises people the most, though, is the fact that this phenomenon has been going on for a long time and it is hardly going to stop any time soon.
But is the government doing something to prevent such a hemorrhage? Are there any ways to try to stop the growing numbers of Italians who, after more than 150 years, are still leaving their country to find a better life or a job?
Sadly the answer is not going to be very positive.

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Immigrants are stealing our jobs! – Wait a minute, what?

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While discrimination against different ethnicity, languages and religions still keeps being active in many countries of the world, the western society is facing some other kind of discrimination against the immigration phenomenon, especially in the last years of world recession, when unemployment is still high in many corners of the world.  Continue reading

The voice of Veneto on the immigration emergency – a solution proposed by the Governor

The massive immigration issue is still well settled in the Mediterranean. The Media keeps speaking about the immigration emergency in Italy, the EU does not act on these matters while it keeps the “big ones” of the Union well far from the problem and regions of Italy are the only ones who have to deal with the non-stopping flow of migrants crossing the Mediterranean every week from Northern African coasts.  Continue reading