How do Italians perceive non-"Italians" getting citizenship?

Over 25 million Italians have emigrated between 1861 and 1960 with a migration boom between 1871 and 1915 when over 13,5 million emigrants left the country for European and overseas destinations.
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How do Italians perceive non-"Italians" getting citizenship?

Postby crow13b » 05 Jan 2015, 21:19

By Italians, I mean people born in Italy who have Italian citizenship, ethnicity, heritage,nationality etc.

And by non-Italians, I mean people whose nationality wasn't originally Italian.

How do Italians look at people who are doing, or have done, what we're doing in trying to claim Italian citizenship? Do they distinguish or consider them as a "2nd class" Italian or are you fully embraced into the fold and welcomed home?

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Re: How do Italians perceive non-"Italians" getting citizens

Postby jennabet » 06 Jan 2015, 16:50

pro13b, while I cannot speak for all Italians, I can tell you that after I became recognized at my consulate and returned to Italy to live amongst my blood relatives in the province where all four of my grand-parents were born, I was indeed made to feel very welcome. In fact, when I visited the comune the mayor of the town actually said, "Welcome Home" and gave me a very beautiful video CD of the hilltowns in my region as a souvenir. I do suspect, however, that if I had gone to live in another part of Italy where my family was not known, perhaps I would not have received this kind of a welcome although I can't say for sure.


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