countries have such a distinct identity and culture as Italy; the food, the
family, the wine, the hand gestures. Religion, history, ruins, and more create
an unmistakeable image around the world.
retains this cultural heritage through tradition, and this tradition comes
easily to the nation whose population is more than 90% Italian, despite free
borders within the EU, as well as migration from outside the EU. Immigrants
that do come to Italy largely stick to one area, Lombardia, in the north; its
capital city is Milan.
ruling coalition, formed after last years elections, is primarily
anti-immigration, and in this political climate, migrant laws are shifting fast
in the country, and many don’t know how long they will be able to stay. Though
Italy’s migrant population is low, many immigrants leaving the country would
have impacts on many of Italy’s major industries, most of which are based in
Milan, and staffed by immigrants.
Three immigrants living in Milan shared how their identity is shaped by being a migrant living in such an uncertain time, in a country with such a distinct culture.