Italy, homeless surveyed for the first timeby Roberta Lunghini - 2012.10.09
In Italy, 62% of the homeless became it after losing their job. Mainly as a result of a layoff or the closure of the company where they were employed (22.3%) or for the failure of their business (14.3%). While only 6.7% of the homeless in this country has never worked. In total, the citizens who live on the street are about 50,000. Mostly men, aged under 45 years and with a low level of education. To be also noted, that the majority of them is composed of foreigners (59.4%) and the most widespread nationalities are Romanian, the Moroccan and Tunisian. This is what emerges from the first study carried out by the Italian Institute of Statistics, in collaboration with the Ministry of Welfare, the fio.PSD and the Caritas, on the homeless people who ask for help to the soup kitchens and the night shelters of the major Italian municipalities.
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