Skip to comments.Italy’s Statistics Make It Look Like a Third World Country
Posted on 01/06/2013 5:03:00 PM PST by SeekAndFind
Unemployment is rampant, and thats just for starters in a country wracked by domestic violence, immigrant abuse, and a sorry standard of living.
taly may be rich in cultural heritage and boast the seventh largest economy in the world, but the countrys social statistics are more in line with those of a developing third-world nation. By almost every standard of measure in sectors from womens rights and youth employment, Italy scores far below the mark. The country has been weighted down by recession, but money is not entirely to blame. In fact, Italys economic situation has steadily improved under the leadership of technocrat Prime Minister Mario Monti, but the country has still received a barrage of global criticism recently.
According to Italys national statistics agency ISTATs annual report, unemployment is highest at 36.5 percent among young workers under 24over one million people in this age bracket are out of work. And surprisingly, those with university degrees are far more likely to be unemployed than those who quit school or never attend collegemostly because they are more willing to work without contracts in unskilled labor fields. Women have it worse than men. Not only are do they make on average 15 percent less than men, they least likely to be employedin the southern regions of the country, six out of ten women are out of the job market. Many are also living in life-threatening domestic situations. More than 120 Italian women were killed in domestic violence attacks in 2012, breaking down to one murder every three days. The situation is so dire that last fall, the United Nations Human Rights Council warned Italy that it needed to put domestic violence on the national agenda, yet few policies exist to try to call attention or reeducate men that women are equal or to bolster social programs to get women to safety.
Even basic living standards leave a lot to be desired, although a full 72.4 percent of Italian families own the house they live in. Still, only 56 percent of Italian families have a computer at home; 45.3 percent have a dishwasher, and just 33.4 percent have air conditioning even though Italian summers are among the hottest in Europe.
Sadly, the future doesnt look bright. In 201112, enrollment in university and high school is dwindling. Italys dropout rates for high school are the fourth-highest in Europe at 18.8 percent. Those who do make it to college often dont finish. Only 56 of every 100 university students complete their degree, according to the ISAT report card.
Non-Italians living in the country are also faring poorly. In December, Amnesty International condemned Italy for what it called racist widespread and endemic exploitation of immigrants. On average, they are paid 40 percent less than Italiansif they are paid at all. Situations of indentured servitude exist across the nation, with migrants working for their room and board yet forced to live in inhumane conditions. Many live in the country illegally, which means they are too afraid to ask police for help or to seek medical care when they are sick and injured. Amnesty International estimates that around half a million foreign nationals live illegally in Italy. Immigrants are an essential part of the population, the labor force and a source of vital energy for an aging society, Italys president Giorgio Napolitano said in response to the report, which he called misguided. Still, we have work to do to make life better.
The situation in Italy is not easy. There are too many centers of power where everybody blocks everything, Renzo Rosso, founder of Diesel Jeans said recently, campaigning to bolster enthusiasm for change in the country. Our infrastructure isn't working and we've got corruption all over.
Change will come, but it doesnt guarantee improvement. Italy has been without an elected leader since November 2011, when Silvio Berlusconi resigned and Monti was appointed to lead the country. Italian voters head to the polls in February 2013 to elect a new leader, but it is unlikely that addressing the standard of living represented in these statistics will be on the agenda since only statisticians are talking about the problem so far.
I get the Arabs carrying English signs in their street demonstrations aimed at us, but what’s with the orange sign in English here.
Well, I guess this is what happens when your country runs out of other country’s money. No soup for you.
RE: but whats with the orange sign in English here.
Probably for the rest of the EU, since they need the money.
What about the red sign on the left? Does that say “Doritos at my House”?
this is italy, i am italian, i know about italian women. we’re only getting one half the picture here. to put the violence stats in perspective we need to see the violence stats against men too. i bet they’re higher. i mean these are women who will literally whack a person in the head with a skillet. hard.
I was there in late October. The whole country is a mess. Arabs and North African muslims crowd all of the popular tourist venue hawwking crap and begging. Theft and pickpocketing are rampant. On the surface, it’s a beautiful country, but the baggage that comes with it makes it hard to enjoy and appreciate.
Reminds me of my trip to France 30 years ago. All the tourist & public places were filled with Arabs & North African youths, just hanging around & trying to pick up girls. They all seemed pretty lost.
I couldn't wait to get out of Europe. I even predicted back then that the Muslims would be a growing problem.
I noticed that when I was there 12 years ago. Muslim women in the subways with their babies begging for money. They were not even standing but sitting on their asses.
Allora, cosa vuole dire "Diritto all casa"?
Immigrants are an essential part of the population, the labor force and a source of vital energy for an aging society, Italys president Giorgio Napolitano said
These two statements cannot both be true.
I spend a lot of time in Northern Italy. Still fairly pure as far as culture.
Since WWII they’ve averaged one gov’t a year, sounds like paradise. ;’)
the mrs wants to vacation there this year.
I’d be happy with Wisconsin Dells.
Importing Muslim immigrants didn’t help the problem.