Italians’ flight of talent reaches UK

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Italian immigration is starting to have a big impact on the UK, according to a leading London translation agency.

Translation Services 24 says there has been a surge in the number of translations it has produced over the last 12 months as what it describes as a ‘tidal wave’ of young Italian graduates and professionals has arrived seeking jobs.

The company’s comments back up a study by academics from Sheffield University Management School, which suggested a rise in economic migration from the Mediterranean could benefit Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield.

The Management School’s Dr Andrea Genovese says quite a lot of well educated people are coming from both Spain and Italy to the UK to work due to the impact of the economic crisis in the Mediterranean.

Dr Genovese suggests the influx offers an opportunity for the airport to attract new flights to Barcelona and Valencia in Spain and Naples in Italy,

Translation Services 24 says a decade ago barely any national insurance numbers issued to foreigners went to Italians.

Today, they represent some of the largest recipients, with the latest official figures showing net migration of Italians to the UK jumped by 52 per cent in 2013 and was up to 39,400 in the year to September.

The translation agency’s chief executive, Kiran Adatia, said: “Italy’s youth unemployment rate has reached record highs in the last few months with 41.2 per cent of job seekers between 15 and 24 years old out of work.

“This is the highest level since records began in 1977 and is one of the primary reasons why the last few months have seen such a shift in immigration trends.”