According to an article yesterday in the Italian newspaper, La Repubblica, 37.8% of Italians are moving abroad, to the tune of about 4 million people. The majority are young people, 18 – 24 year olds, 54.1%, mainly for work purposes, and opportunities for their children. Other reasons given for Italians moving out of the country: more freedom of opinion and expression, more security, lower cost of living, better political climate, contact with nature. With all the political corruption in this country, no wonder people want to leave.
The current prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, isn’t a stranger to corruption or bribing judges. In addition to being prime minister, Berlusconi also owns three television stations, and is first shareholder of the Italian football team, A.C. Milan. He is also founder and first shareholder of Fininvest, a large Italian company dealing with media and financial business. Silvio Berlusconi is Italy’s richest man, and the world’s 25th richest man, with assests worth $12 billion.