I have mentioned previously that my husband and I hope to one day make Canada home. Why would we want emigrate from this beautiful country known as Italy to the frozen tundra of Canada? The first reason being the drastic gap between the cost of living and salaries. At the beginning of this year, even the prices have gone up for groceries, utilities etc. Thursday I went to the grocery store, spent 89 euros and basically had nothing to show for it. That was at a small discount store, not at one of the big expensive supermarket.
Did you know that 20 MILLION Italians are underpaid? That would be roughly a majority of th
e workforce, considering the population of Italy is around 60 million. That around 5.1 million households are considered poor or at risk of poverty. Then there’s Italy’s underground economy, which is estimated to have generated about 549 BILLION euros ($808.5 BILLION USD) in 2007.
The high taxes and receiving almost nothing back in return. Imagine paying at least 20-30%, if not more, in taxes and receive almost nothing. Public schools where the students have to pay for their text books, the streets (at least in our neighborhood) are something to be desired; a totally disorganized health system.
Why not just move back to the United States if you’re so unhappy with life in Italy? For one, I am really unsatisfied how things in the States, politically speaking, have gone downhill. I know, they’ve been going downhill for sometime now. Nowadays it’s all about cooperate America, not the PEOPLE that make up the country. The blue-collar that works their backside off every day, pays their taxes and what sort of thanks do they get back in return? A $200k mortgage, monthly credit card payments of at least $200, $350+ car payment a lousy health insurance policy (if they’re lucky). All because corporations are looking out for themselves, raping their employees, treating then like robots.
What to we hope to obtain by moving to Canada? A better quality of life, wide open spaces, a more socialistic and open minded government and people. I can deal with cooler temperatures and snow. Remember I’m originally from South Dakota.
What are we doing at the moment to move to Canada? Right now save up (or try to should I say) some money in order to do so. In two weeks I’ll be going to the States for two weeks on a business/vacation trip. I hope this will bring in a decent amount of cash to put in the sock drawer aka savings. Our/my savings goal – at least $12,000 Canadian.
Just because we have a strong desire/need/want to move to Canada does not mean that we are putting our lives on hold until moving day actually comes. Life goes on. I may or may not agree with many things here, but I just have to deal with it until moving day comes. We get out of the house on Sundays, weather and pocketbook permitting. We still go out for pizza or Chinese once a week, like we have for almost six years.
With this intention of emigrating to Canada I had to apply for rehabilitation, even if I wanted to visit Canada on a touristic visa. Back in November 1995 I was a bad girl and was arrested for a DWI (driving while intoxicated). That was my first and last time doing such a thing. I learned my lesson. Now I am the designated driver.
With this DWI it made me inadmissible for entry into Canada, even for touristic reasons. I had to send an application and supporting documentation to the Canadian Embassy in Rome proving that I have kept my nose clean since. I had to include my criminal record from the FBI, the state of South Dakota, the records from when I went to court for my DWI also showing that I paid my fine and sentence. I also had to include my criminal records from here in Italy (I have a clean slate here, not even a parking ticket). Once I gathered all of my documents, translated my Italian criminal records (and spent 70 euros to have those notarized by the Canadian consulate in Milan (who is now closed)), I sent everything off to the Canadian Embassy in Rome back in November 2006. The end of May 2007 I had not heard anything so I emailed the Canadian Embassy. I was notified that they had received my application for rehabilitation on May 5th. I know the Italian postal system is something to be desired, but come on! Shortly after that, I received two emails to let me know that they were processing my application. Less than a month later I received a glorious email, “You have been deemed rehabilitated.” That really made my day, in addition they never charged me the $200 Canadian fee that is normally required. Maybe cause they figured so much time had passed, I was BARELY over the blood alcohol limit, and I’ve been a good girl since. Who knows. In the end, I’m considered rehabilitated in the eyes of the Canadian government which is all I was asking for.