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“Postcards from the other Italy” – Discovering London’s thousand faces

Isabella is perfectly integrated in London’s multicultural society: she came to London one and a half years ago to work in the Human Resources division of a Chinese company in the City. “Meeting Brits in London has become a rarity but the wonderful thing about this city is that it enables people to find affinities with persons from cultures very far from their own.”

Isabella’s experience is the story told in this new instalment of “Postcards from the other Italy”, the web series produced by the news agency ‘9colonne’ with the support of the Directorate General for Italians Abroad and Migration Policies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. London is the multicultural city par excellence: more than a third of its inhabitants was born in a Country outside the United Kingdom. The Italian community is estimated to total 500,000 people although emigration from Italy is on a continuous uptrend: it rose by 65% in 2013 compared to 2012 and by 77% in 2014.

The interviews of “Postcards from the other Italy” give a dynamic, natural, practical and updated storyboard of the other Italy, the one beyond the national borders: the dreams, expectations, comparisons, joys and disappointments of young Italians who have opted for making an experience abroad, whether for will or for necessity, using their testimonials to maintain that unbreakable tie that links them to their Country of origin.  The interviews span from Brussels to New York, from Rio de Janeiro to Shanghai: every week the web series schedules a new video interview to outline the profile of the new generation of emigrants, visible on the website, on the YouTube channel of Nove Colonne and on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.