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Once upon a time the Bel Paese

There was a time in which Italy was well known as the Bel Paese. After the second world war Italy was a country full of hopes. Today over a quarter of Italians are at risk of falling prey to poverty or social exclusion. Italy has paid a high price for the recession in terms of industrial production and employment. The Italian economy's growth rate is wholly unsatisfactory and the current signs of recovery and a pickup in demand for workers do not seem sufficiently strong and widespread to reabsorb unemployment and inactivity and boost incomes and consumption. Despite the social safety net provided by the family, young people have been hardest hit by the recession and the economy's underlying structural problems. The 37% of Italians aged 15-24 are now out of work, compared with a national average of 11%. The jobs crisis has more pronounced in the poorer Italian south, but the north has also been affected by the crisis and women have also been hit. These photos aim to go below the statistics showing the faces of the most affected social groups by the crisis.

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Rome. Sandro and his wife Caterina staying in the kitchen at home. Sandro is a so called Esodato. In Italy the Esodati are victims of Italy’s Eurozone crisis-driven pension reform plan. They're stuck in a no-income no-man’s-land because they agreed to go on a special kind of early retirement. This category of people - at least 370.000 workers - made an agreement with the Italian government to quit their job under certain conditions. Now this agreement is being ignored with the excuse that there is a lack of funds. In extreme cases, for Sandro too, they could even face several years without an income until they reach the new retirement age.
Rome. Paolo have been working for decades as an antique furniture restorer. The Italian crisis has hit the whole category of Italian craftsmen. Now Paolo is going to close his activity because it is impossible to cover all the expenses. Its skills will be lost. Paolo has a plan to open a multicultural library.
Rome. A family at home in the suburb of Cinecittà. Eight million Italians, out of a population of 60 million, are struggling to make ends meet, according to Istat, the national statistics agency.
Rome. Alessandra plays with her son, the little Yussif. Alessandra has lost her job during the Italian crisis and she came back to live with her native family. It was impossible for her to rent a house without a salary.
Rome. Brigida is 47 years old and has lost his job. Because of her violent husband she left her home and now she is leaving in the house of her parents with three children.
Rome. Loredana and Armando are living under eviction in the suburb of Cinecittà. They have physical and mental problems and they can't no more to work. But the Municipality of Rome doesn't have enough public housing and social assistance to offer to people living in this plight.
Rome. A manifestation of the so called esodati at Monte Citorio Square. In Italy the Esodati are victims of Italy’s Eurozone crisis-driven pension reform plan. They're stuck in a no-income no-man’s-land because they agreed to go on a special kind of early retirement. This category of people - at least 370.000 workers - made an agreement with the Italian government to quit their job under certain conditions. Now this agreement is being ignored with the excuse that there is a lack of funds. In extreme cases, for Sandro too, they could even face several years without an income until they reach the new retirement age.
Rome. Giulia is a nurse of the hospital IDI oin Rome. The medical staff of IDI has occupied the structure, in order to obtain the release of 4 months of salary. A lot of Italian public and private hospitals are risking to be closed in the next month because of the crisis.
Rome. A 40 years man during a street demonstration. As the Italian crisis intensified, pessimism spread rapidly in Italy.
Rome. Elisabetta and Debora are speaking about the postponement of eviction that Debora has just got. The increased unemployment and loss of income mean more people have difficulty meeting housing costs.
Rome. A group of defaulting tenants living in the neighborhood of Cinecittà, are waiting for the bailiff. They will ask for a postponement of eviction. The increased unemployment and loss of income mean more people have difficulty meeting housing costs.
Rome. The weekly meeting of a group of tenants living in the neighborhood of Cinecittà. These people are organizing to avoid the eviction. The increased unemployment and loss of income mean more people have difficulty meeting housing costs.
Rome. Constance is a nurse. She is native of Togo and works at Umberto I Hospital. Since the crisis began, Constance and many other strangers workers have been burnt or have suffered mobbing. When a non-EU worker loses his regular job in Italy, he contemporary loses the Residence permit due to the Bossi-Fini Immigration Law.
Rome. Luca is looking out of the window at a Mac Donald restaurant. The Policy of Spending Review carried out by the Italian government during the 2012 cut the social spending. A lot of disabled people like Luca couldn't receive the assistance by the social workers as in the recent past. It caused a lot of problems for their families and for the unemployed workers too.
Rome. A young couple is waiting to have an interview for a job at an employment agency. A record 37% of Italians aged 15-24 are now out of work, compared with a national average of 11%. Tackling youth unemployment will be one of the main challenges for whoever succeeds outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti.
Rome. The medical staff of IDI hospital has occupied the structure, in order to obtain the release of 4 months of salary. A lot of Italian public and private hospitals are risking to be closed in the next month because of the crisis and because of huge level of corruption within the wealth care industry.
Rome. The medical staff of IDI hospital has occupied the structure, in order to obtain the release of 4 months of salary. A lot of Italian public and private hospitals are risking to be closed in the next month because of the crisis and because of huge level of corruption within the wealth care industry.
Rome. The patients of the IDI Hospital in Rome express their protest about the risk of closure of the structure treating them to cure skin diseases.
Rome. A patient of the IDI Hospital, a structure at risk of closure, is waiting for her medicine. Unfortunately many medicines will not provided due to the financial collapse of IDI. The IDI is specialised in treating the skin maladies. The financial crack of this hospital has obliged the medical staff of the structure to occupy it for weeks, in order to obtain the release of 4 months of salary. A lot of Italian public and private hospitals are risking to be closed in the next month because of the crisis.
Rome. The medical staff of IDI hospital has occupied the structure, in order to obtain the release of 4 months of salary. A lot of Italian public and private hospitals are risking to be closed in the next month because of the crisis and because of huge level of corruption within the wealth care industry.
Rome. Some women wait to enter the Salva Mamme Center. The Center offers human, psychological and material support to families in severe economic and social conditions. Life is no longer so sweet in the land of La Dolce Vita, with a report finding that 8 million Italians are living in poverty.
Rome. Some people are buying organic food products at the GAP (Gruppo di Acquisto Popolare) of Cinecittà. The GAP center are scattered throughout in Italy, especially in the north of the country. During the later years the GAP center have intensified their activities in the region of Lazio with the continuous opening of new locations. They offer a great help to the families living in economic difficulties for fighting the rising cost of living. People have the opportunity to buy organic food products at the cost of production, eliminating the cost of the large-scale retail trade. People can buy one kilo of bread or one kilo of oranges for one euro.
Rome. The Caritas Group Practice. This is a place opened to strangers ill, but most and most Italians are contacting it since the crisis is going deeper. In Italy the crisis is making people ill. This is what emerges from the first study carried out by the Italian Institute of Statistics.
Rome. Claudio has been living in Italy for 8 years. He worked for the Bio Park in Rome, but was fired after a serious accident at work. Now he has sued his former employer. Now, for Claudio, with the crisis, it is much more difficult to find a job.
Rome. Some Italian and foreign women within the Salva Mamme Center. They are choosing clothes for their children. The Center offers human, psychological and material support to families in severe economic and social conditions. Life is no longer so sweet in the land of La Dolce Vita, with a report finding that 8 million Italians are living in poverty.
Rome. Bella is a Somali political refugee abandoned in harsh living conditions. Council of Europe says African migrants granted asylum in Italy are being relegated to the margins of society and face racism.
Rome. Homelessness is on the increase in Italy, as the economic crisis and austerity policies hurt the most vulnerable. At the same time, austerity budget cuts are diminishing capacity to respond to homelessness. In Italy, 62% of the homeless became it after losing their job. Mainly as a result of a layoff or the closure of the company where they were employed (22.3%) or for the failure of their business (14.3%). While only 6.7% of the homeless in this country has never worked. In total, the citizens who live on the street are about 50,000.
Rome. The Caritas Gross Market of Solidarity offers free food and basic necessities to poor families. They are families who can only rely on one income, if it exists, who live in rented apartments or houses, often without a contract, and sometimes even in occupied buildings.
Rome. The Cinecittà studios in Rome, the Factory of Dreams, are living a nightmare. At the centre of the row is a plan to restructure the organisation. The management says it wants to make Cinecitta more competitive, to put it in the right shape to attract the biggest movie-makers. But the workers say they believe the changes would mark the start of the break-up of the studios, the beginning of the end. The veteran observers of the Italian cinema industry and its economic problems fear that in the years ahead the valuable real estate on which the studios were built will be sold off to property developers, and that eventually Cinecittà might disappear.
Vetralla. A shopping center closed and abandoned.
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