Could the pandemic reverse the ‘brain drain’ in southern Italy?

May 29, 2021 386

There are hopes that southern Italy could experience an economic revival amid the pandemic, as up to 100,000 workers have moved south - many of them to return home. Sipping a craft beer on a warm spring evening in Catania, Sicily, Corrado Paterno Castello spares a thought for friends and colleagues he left behind in Milan, 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) north.

“Today, between meetings, I had a swim at the beach,” the 29-year-old entrepreneur told AFP, with a beaming smile. “The quality of life you have here is very different from what you experience up north, and it is priceless.” Workers across the world have taken advantage of enforced home-working during the coronavirus pandemic to move to warmer climes, requiring only a plug for their laptop and a decent internet connection.

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