"In the Basel office no endless hours. In Sicily after graduation I felt hopeless and future"

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"To the South, if you are not born in one family with the right knowledge, you will hardly make your way ”. With this phrase in the head and a good dose of resignation Save Buttitta, 35 years old, Sicilian, he left for the Switzerland. "I had hit rock bottom, I didn't see any hope and no future for me," he says. So, after graduation, Salvo leave family and friends a Bagheria and goes to live in Basel, where today he works in one service company for architects is engineers. And it's starting his own Startups. "Here you have many possibility. Despite the restrictive rules for foreigners, who cannot receive a residence permit if they do not have a job, you feel fully involved in the dynamics of the country ”. Except, however, he still remembers his first day at Switzerland. A shock. "It was February 9, 2009 – he recalls -. Basel it was packed with snow and it was very cold. For a young Sicilian this is a trauma that can mark life, "he recalls with a smile. For a week Salvo stays indoors; when it comes out it covers like a Eskimo, continuing to repeat: "But do I really want to live here?"

Salvo you graduate in Business economics to Lugano and specializes in digital marketing. After a while he finds work. In Switzerland, he says, one breathes the air “of the multiculturalism, tolerance and respect "; the tax burden is "very low", i salaries are "adjusted to the cost of living", e banks and infrastructures "significantly better than those in Italy". "In the office then you are not forced to endless hours – go on -. At 6 pm I am free every day, and so I can dedicate myself to friends or at activities of the Italian community, where I am particularly involved ".

It is true, i costs they are clearly higher than the others European countries, but with the right precautions "you can afford one lifestyle well-off and above average ”. The biggest difficulty for a Sicilian in Switzerland is not the cold (or "the lack of the sea", he smiles) but the German. "It is not easy to learn it. And this is a very limiting aspect ". On the other hand, the strong presence of Italian community, and above all of many young people, it compensates almost everything. "To date my best friends have met them here in Switzerland and I am living this with them adventure".

Salvo considers himself a small ambassador of Italian culture abroad: "I am always engaged in a thousand activities for the Italian community in Switzerland. There are so many countrymen here with stories, screw e cultures different. All, however, united by the same desire for redemption". And thanks to the experience of these years, he looks to the future with great optimism. Does not know if it will remain for life in Switzerland, but one thing is certain: "Today I have a different vision, broader horizons. For me the world is at hand, every country is closer to me and brings with it new ones challenges to collect ".

At this moment Salvo is moving on two fronts: on the one hand it carries out a project of business linked to the world of startups and the pmi innovative; on the other hand it is working to make itself the spokesman of the needs of the emigrated compatriots. "In the coming years I want to bring in Italy everything I learned and collected, and spend my country on my own experience: to give a future to the many Young people that like me, today, they have not stopped dreaming ”.

The relationship with Italy continues to be ambivalent. Except he believes that nobody should be born and die in the same country and for him to be emigrant it is a "lifestyle", not a condemnation: "It is the right of all men to be free to leave their land to seek their own dimension somewhere else". What young Italians have to do is "don't give up. Don't let others choose your future. No one can take away our freedom to dream, "he insists. Starting from a very clear concept: “We boys need only to be ready to get out of ours comfort zone, break down the walls of prejudice and leave. We have the best University of Europe, the best minds. But theItaly it is lagging behind other countries and fails to retain its young people, who continue to flee abroad ".


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