“..on April 16, 2007, the Italian Committee of highly qualified immigrants – CIIAQ was founded. This Association aims at promoting and coordinating activities and initiatives toward a higher awareness among businesses and the public, media, and the national authorities on matters pertaining to HSI in Italy. This migration is a key component of the Italian labour market in the context of globalization. In the years since, CIIAQ has proposed and is now supporting the creation of a special “Unity” aiming at assisting highly skilled immigrants of large enterprises in managing rapidly and efficiently the bureaucratic practices required in order to receive the Italian work permit. The demands of CIIAQ on this point are contained in a document that mentions also the “Unidad de Gestion de Grandes Empresas” of Madrid, a good practice to facilitate the professional development of Spain.
It is necessary to clarify that the normative aspect is only part of the problem. There are, in fact, serious problems of communication and cooperation between the different ministerial departments, offices and associations defending the majority of immigrants. The biggest problem is the duplication of responsibilities and the high diversification of roles in immigration matters that certainly do not help to manage such a delicate issue in a rational manner.
These legal and organizational issues represent a basic problem for the highly-skilled immigrants in Italy. Moreover, there is probably still a mistrust and resistance to the “immigration of quality”, still seen as a threat to the security of the country and not as a potential aid for the development of the country, there is in fact a misunderstanding of the opportunity it presents, denied in order to defend an imaginary “Italian” control of the market…..”
From Bulgarian highly skilled labour migration to Italy.
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New Bulgarian University and Université Catholique de Louvain Highly skilled expatriates in Italy