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

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

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

Bamboccioni, “choosy” and brain drain: what’s the real situation in Italy?

Who knows what inspired the Italian politicians who decided to call young people names, however, one thing is sure: the employment situation in Italy is not one of the best in Europe, and this makes many people decide to leave their home country looking for a better opportunity or a better future.

To analyze this phenomenon in a closer way, a survey has been made among students and young Italian workers who are still living in Italy, many because of their studies, others because they were lucky enough to find a job. Moreover, many articles have been written on such matter, because the so-called brain drain is one of the biggest issues of Italy nowadays, when the new government is trying to change the labor policies, as well as the economic ones, in order to help Italy against this wavy sea that is making it sink.

But what do Italians think about all this? The survey answers speak very clearly, and they are the results of what runs into the mind of individuals in the age range of 18-29.  Continue reading

The reality of Chinese migrants in Italy: is this true exploitation?

The Chinese community has been living in Italy since many years already, but it grew up rapidly mostly during the last decade. According to the statistics, there are 270,000 Chinese people residing legally in Italy, which makes the community one of the largest in the country, after the Romanian, the Albanian and the Moroccan. However these statistics do not include the large amount of Chinese people living illegally in Italy, or those who gained the Italian citizenship.  Continue reading