What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
How long have you lived there?
1 year +
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
There is a huge expat community that comes from all over the world because of the JRC in Ispra. There are many clubs, events, etc. organised through the Welcome Desk (JRC), the Club House (JRC) and other groups affiliated with the research centre. These are not held in Angera, but in Ispra and neighbouring towns.
To meet locals and integrate is quite difficult. There are local community programs that organise classes for Italian speakers/ residents for skills such as italian language, painting, rowing and masters swim clubs. These local community programs are offered by each individual town/ city and must be searched for by contacting the commune or provincia.
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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.
The locals of Angera are quiet, tolerant and private which translates to them being polite but guarded with any new comers and also with longer term residents who are not locals. I'm not able to comment on racial tolerance but generally they seem tolerant of culturally diverse people. They are not a diverse group (locals) and are generally italian, well off (there is no community housing or lower- class) and there is a large percentage of seniors in the population.
What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?
Expats mostly work at the JRC Ispra and Whirlpool near Varese. Most expats come because of contracts/ jobs already acquired. Work for partners of these expats is very difficult to find and in order to get English teaching work you must go to Milano, Varese or teach privately to people in the surrounding villages. I am not aware of any expats working in other fields in the area, regardless of their Italian language proficiency or professional background.
In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?
Locals are very private and seem to work and socialise amongst themselves with little desire to interact with expats.
There aren't many social meeting places (piazzas, bars, or other) to meet up and in the evenings after 7 or 8pm the city is very, very quiet.
During the day the many sports clubs are teeming with locals and tennis courts, rowing clubhouses and pools in other villages are always full.
As for expats, they generally come from neighbouring villages to meet at the lakefront for aperativos or dinner. There are two distinct groups (expats/ locals) who have very different lifestyles it seems.
If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.
Move to this city for your own reasons, but do not expect to befriend locals, integrate or find a job.
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I am moving to Italy to regain dual (US-Italy) citizenship from July 2018-July 2019. I plan on living there for only one year and returning to the US afterwards. During the year I do not plan to work in Italy, but I am working in the US up until July, when we leave for Italy. I do have some capital gain and dividend income that will continue through 2018 and 2019. I hope to have my Italian citizenship (paperwork and all the bureaucratic stuff) completed by the end of 2018. Questions: 1) Do I need to pay taxes in Italy and from what date? 2)Does that mean I will need to pay taxes in both the US and Italy in 2018 and/or 2019? 3)Does anyone have a link to a place (or a tax lawyer) where I can educate myself more on the tax implications?
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This is my first time flying back to the US since I moved to Italy. I thought I had the passport question straightened out, but after reading an old reply, I could use some clarification.
Question #1: I booked a r/t trip to the US and put in my US passport info. Since I'm traveling r/t, would it have been better to use my Italian passport info? Does it matter? If so, perhaps I can change it.
Part 2: Do I show my Italian or US passport when I'm at the Airport in Milan?
I assume I'll reverse the process it when at the counter in the US.
Thanks so much. Hopefully, this will help to ensure a smooth flight. (-:
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