7 Billion Humans | Immigration: Immigrant Health Care Workers Help Elderly | Milan, Italy

Immigrant Health Care Workers Help Elderly | Milan, Italy

Pio Albergo Trivulzio is the biggest and oldest nursing home facility in Italy. P.A.T. also runs a day hospital for folks hwo want to stay in their own homes. Some hire workers from the Philippines or the Dominican Republic to take care of their elderly family members in the facility.  Yanil Suardi from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic is hired to take care of Zeffirina Catanio in the facility. Italy became a country of mass emigration soon after national reunification in the late 19th century. Between 1898 and 1914, the peak years of Italian diaspora, approximately 750,000 Italians emigrated each year. I photographed villages in Italy where they are paying couples $10,000 to come live in their village, and then they pay them even more if they have a child to send to their depopulated schools. At the start of 2010 there were 4,279,000 foreign nationals resident in Italy and registered with the authorities. This amounted to 7.1% of the country’s population. These figures include more than half a million children born in Italy to foreign nationals. The numbers exclude illegal immigrants, the so-called clandestine whose numbers are difficult to determine.

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