(As promised in this thread)I live in wonderful
(As promised in this thread)
I live in wonderful place.. wonderful for its environment, countryside, food and many other things that nature gave to humans on earth... when I wake up in the morning and listen to the "cip cip"* out of my window I feel thankful for another day spent in Sicily... Though, I'm aware of what is outside that window..
This morning I couldn't help noticing how a man looked at two muslim women - but at the same time I cannot avoid to think "those women may believe I'm a rebel" while I was parking my car, symbol of emancipation for them, routine for me)..
Sicilians are at the beginning of integration with immigrants. They are still trying to find a way to cope with them. People who were emigrants in the past (emigration from Southern Italy to Northern Italy in the fifties) are now seeing other people occupying their territory.
They are starting to understand that "those immigrants" are as honest as some Italians are, and as dishonest as some other Italians can be. In the last years, I'm starting to hear about weddings between Italians and Albanians or Romanians or about immigrants with regular documents and a job.
But there are still some problems. So I was not that surprised about Rosarno riots
I think that Northern people are used to have immigrants, but not sure about how non-EU citizens are integrated in society.
It would be interesting to know how many of you members have already experienced a long stay in Italy or that still live here. What are your impressions? Have you been accepted without problems? Which part of Italy do/did you live?
* "cip cip" is how italians imitate birds' sound, don't remember how it is in English/American.