• Political activism in southern Italy: an insight on the new born JEF section in Calabria.

    Choosing political activism in a region like mine it is not an easy choice. A region like mine in which, in many cases, but not in every case yet, politics is involved with Mafia and Mafia is involved with politics. In a region which has one of the highest rate of school dropout in Italy and in Europe as well. Not to mention the rate of unemployment especially among younger adults. Precisely, more than 60% of young adults, from the age 15 to 29, born in Calabria, either does not have a job, is not looking for one or is not going to continue their studies. This is a region in which those who face difficulties involving social and economic integration are not only illegal migrants (thousands of them who arrive everyday in the most important harbours of Calabria). It is quite the contrary, those who face those difficulties the most are young adults who live in Calabria. But they are not just citizens from Calabria, they are Italians, they are European. These are serious issues that would discourage anyone from engaging in any form of political activism in a region as such.

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