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Henry Rowlatt Bickley Memorial Lecture: Italian Migration: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow


8th May 2012




Maplethorpe Hall, St. Hugh's College


Giuseppe Stellardi


David Willey OBE (Former BBC Correspondent in Rome)


David Willey has lived and worked in Italy as the BBC's Rome Correspondent for 40 years. His maternal grandparents migrated to London from Venice in 1895. They were among the estimated 27 million Italians who fled hunger and poverty and left their country during the late 19th and early 20th centuries to seek new lives abroad. Migration flows switched direction from the mid-20th century onwards. Millions of New Italians arrived from the developing world including China, Bangladesh, the Balkans, Morocco and Senegal. Now, at the start of the 21st century, tens of thousands of the brightest and best educated younger generation of Italians are once again fleeing their country and creating new lives overseas - this time because of political corruption, unemployment and the lack of a meritocracy at home.

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