19-10-2017 by Antonio Altieri
The recent annual report of the Migrantes Foundation indicates that fifty thousand young people left Italy in 2016 to seek fortune abroad.
From what it seems, the figures will be confirmed this year as well.
More and more under-35s are emigrating, almost all of them because of labour issues and not just despair, like a century ago.
Many are professionals, recent graduates or have a small bunch to set up a business, but they feel frustrated by the low meritocracy of our country, taxes and the difficulty in finding environments where they can "grow" professionally or achieve satisfaction and success in their field.
For many, however, it is also a question of spiritual research and life, far removed from certain logics of the modern era, from the decadence of the Western world and from stress.
Probably 1500 young people a year who decide to move to Africa, most of whom choose Kenya and South Africa, think so.
That's what a young man who decides to move to Kenya for work can find and what he can aspire to.
PROFESSIONALITY: Kenya is a growing country and needs to learn. The professionalism of Italians is well accepted in many sectors.
First of all, of course, food and wine.
The proliferation of superluxury hotels in and around Nairobi drives hotel owners and hotel chains to look for top-class chefs.
Italians are always favorites and young people can bring the latest trends in international cuisine but also be more suitable to teach local colleagues of their age and eager to try their hand at culinary art.
Many Italian chefs already live and work in Nairobi, some on the coast and in the Maasai Mara lodges and other reserves. Recently there is also a demand for sommeliers, as well as expert cocktail-barmen.
On the coast, we have seen how those who work in trades related to the food chain, such as pastry chefs, bakers and ice cream makers, have their own feedback and gain. Of course, it must be remembered that in order to set up a business on its own, such as a restaurant, bakery or ice cream parlour, it is necessary to invest a minimum capital of $100,000, or in any case to find financiers willing to do so.
Otherwise, like chefs in Nairobi, be hired with a regular work permit by employees.
ARTICLES: Doing your job well in the sectors in which Italian craftsmanship has always excelled in the world, for a young man it can be an extra march.
Sarti, stylists, cobblers, designers and artists in general can have a good chance to sell their creations, and even those who work with particular materials, especially recycling materials, have a very good chance of success in a country like Kenya that is now beginning to propose originality in the sign of good workmanship.
Just think of the success not only of brands such as "Ali Lamu", which from the archipelago and the accessories produced using the dhow sails, have come to sell all over the world and open a boutique in Miami. So they have also made creative jewelry and handbags. The "fusion" between African art and the European ability to work the matter and finish with class and quality here can still make a difference and have market.
SOCIAL: Kenya has a strong presence of international humanitarian associations, especially those linked to the United Nations programmes, but also of private NGOs and foundations dedicated to health and children. Those who have studied in the sector or have good volunteer experience can find work in places where people's lives can still be improved.
Self-support projects have recently been expanding, while many other humanitarian programmes related to work and the environment are receiving interesting contributions from international calls for tenders.
INDUSTRY: In recent years in Italy we have witnessed heirs of industrial dynasties or sons of entrepreneurs who have closed or liquidated family businesses, not seeing outlets for their economic and commercial future in Italy. However, in 2016 many considered transporting experience, machinery and know-how to a foreign country.
It is no coincidence that the industrial pole in Nairobi is home to multinationals and foreign companies that have decided to set up part of their production in Kenya. Important sectors, such as dairy and agro-food industries, have also entered into agreements with Italian companies. Kenya is to be considered today also for the small and medium business that in our Peninsula risks to grind.
There are also good opportunities in the field of construction, but they are often subject to larger investments that young people usually cannot afford, even though they have the necessary professionalism (architects and engineers, for example).
TOURISM: The sector so vitreous that it lives of ups and downs depending on the socio-political crises of the country and other incidences now proper to the whole globe, such as terrorism and increased violence, has its mainstays: one is certainly the safari sector. Adventure experts and guides are not the only ones who can find work in Kenya. In addition to them, there have also been sports instructors who were once called "extreme" who are having great success here: from rafting to paragliding, from mountaineering to surviving. As far as coastal destinations are concerned, the best possibilities are linked to targeted investments (always taking into account the famous $100,000 dollars) and the ability to make good marketing, using the internet and social networks. There are cases, even in Malindi and Watamu, of young people who have opened bed&breakfast or other similar situations and are able to work combining the quality of life with a sufficient salary to live well in this country.
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