From Manpower to Brain Drain?

Emigration and the Italian state, between past and present

Authored by: Guido Tintori , Michele Colucci

The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Italy

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415604178
eBook ISBN: 9781315709970
Adobe ISBN: 9781317487555


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Emigration 1 from Italy has been thoroughly analysed in particular with reference to the large contribution that Italians made to the mass migrations from and within Europe between 1815 and 1939 (Baines, 1995; Hatton and Williamson, 1998; Bade, 2003). The country experienced a second wave of mass emigration after the Second World War, which has only recently caught scholarly attention (Colucci, 2008; De Clementi, 2010; Bonifazi, 2013). 2 In addition, even though Italy has almost constantly had a positive net migration since 1974, thus becoming a country of immigration, there have always been relatively significant numbers of people leaving, up to the so-called nuove mobilità (‘new mobility’) of the 2000–10s (Bonifazi and Heins, 2009; Tintori, forthcoming).

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