There are Elona Gaxha I was born in Peqin the 01 / 05 / 1987, I am 18 years that I live in Italy. I studied at the University of Perugia, I am a nurse and I am the coordinator of + Europe for the province of Perugia.
I started my political career recently, with the 4 March 2018 elections. I attended various political meetings but I could not expose myself because I was not yet in possession of Italian citizenship.
Thanks to it I can now also contribute at a political level as well as to the social and economic level for the country where I have chosen to live.
I am a candidate with a civic list called PattoxFoligno and we support the candidate for mayor Luciano Pizzoni, the profile of our list is the center left. We are competing with the five-star movement and with the right-wing coalition.
Interview with Elona Gaxha
1. What is your proposal in the PattoxFoligno list program?
I got involved because I think I can give a lot to the city of Foligno, the city where I have lived for years now 5. One point in particular where I would like to dwell is on young people and give them the opportunities they seek and not be forced to go elsewhere. I would like to make Foligno an even more livable city and where the word barrier can only be found in the dictionary and no longer be a problem of our architectural and urban structures, and above all it is no longer a limitation of our culture. Encouraging eco-sustainable policies, making people more aware of how to take better care of the environment.
2. If you win, what do you think you propose to be innovative for all citizens?
For this question I am talking about my group, my PattoxFoligno list which is composed of competent people in their fields of belonging. We are a group of people that we love in Foligno and its citizens, who invest a new energy, a good energy, and that we aim at the growth, improvement and health of our city.
3. Why do you think they will have to vote for you?
People have to give me the vote because with my work I will make them understand that I am available to make Foligno a city for everyone. Already its history tells us that it has always been a crossroads for a continuous flow of people, goods, art and culture. This is all part of his DNA. For me Foligno must increasingly be a splendid reality in the center of Italy, in the center of Europe or at best, as they say here: Foligno is the center of the world!
4. Being in possession of a dual citizenship, belonging to multiple cultures and speaking multiple languages is a point of advantage or disadvantage for you and why?
Dual citizenship is an advantage and I feel very fortunate to have grown up in multiple different cultures. I feel privileged! The beauty of diversity is priceless.
5. You are of Albanian origin. What is Albania for you?
I am of Albanian origin and Albania for me is the soul, it is the country of my father, it is the country of my mother and my grandparents. My childhood. It's my everything, my beginning.
6. What does it mean to have a foreign name in your everyday life?
I am a nurse and I work in the public, I take care of my patients who very often make me smile with the funny faces they make when they read my name on the uniform and ask me about my origins that I am always proud to tell every time they ask me .
7. Are you Italian enough for those who will vote for you?
I am Italian, I am Albanian, I am European and I am also a citizen of the world. This is my strong point. I chose Italy as a country where I live where I can form my family and I feel Italian for all those who will vote for me.
8. Do you care about polls? What do they say about the list you signed up for?
We are a small city and the polls are good, we work harder to get the 26 May excellent results.
9. What does it mean to be integrated in your opinion and what are the proposals to be made to improve immigration policies?
Integration for me is respect for the country and for the city where we live and respect for the different cultures that make up citizenship. It is not always easy to integrate and not everyone gets the advantage of something, but I think that if you decide to live in a country you must be respectful of other people's cultures. Certainly, various integration policies must be undertaken. First and foremost they have to change several points on the law.
Because already the fact of being regular in a country, is already the first step for integration. And in my small way I would start with young people in schools, make them understand that diversity is normal, I would encourage the Erasmus method even more. And why not, I would also do a culture festival for all citizens. Foligno can be an example of a multi-ethnic city, already many different cultures coexist in this community.
10. Do you notice any difference between your parents and you in the way you live in Italy?
My parents are part of the first generation of immigrants. Surely they have had more difficulty in integration. Because they left their country of origin to guarantee a better future for their children and found themselves in large numbers in a different country, where besides the difficulty of learning the language to interact with a new culture, there was also the economic difficulty.
Finding economic support as soon as possible. My parents came from a different culture of a society closed by the regime, they found themselves in an open country with many different types of interactions. The first thing I noticed in them and how they lived at the beginning was Italy, a form of hyper protectionism towards their children because they did not yet know the community in which they lived. For me, Italy is my second home. I love Albania, I love my origins and I thank my parents for the sacrifices they made for me. Because I could have more of what they didn't have in their childhood.
11. Of Albanian origin, but which is your mother tongue?
I am of Albanian origin and my mother tongue is Albanian, my first childhood years were in Albania where I went to school I learned to read and write. The fact that I came to Italy and learned Italian did not change that. In my family, my parents always speak Albanian. I speak to my daughter in Albanian because she must learn, know and feel the origins of her mother.
12. Is there an organized Albanian community where you are a candidate? (like some association, a school, etc.). How many Albanians are there in your constituency?
As I said before, Foligno is a multi-ethnic city and the Albanian community is one of the largest. There is a large community, and Albanians also come from Albania and Macedonia and Kosovo. There are several associations and it has also recently opened a school where Albanian is taught to the new generation, and where I will surely bring my daughter. Unfortunately not everyone knows me, but little by little I'm introducing myself to everyone and I'm trying to make them understand the reasons that pushed me to run.
13. Don't you think they only chose you to draw on the votes of your community?
As I said before, not everyone knows me here, as far as the Albanian community is concerned. I was chosen, in fact I proposed myself because I want to contribute in some way because the city where I live can improve more and more. And why not, be an example of integration. My list as well as being composed of different professional figures, is also composed of people who have different origins.
14. What do you have to say to the other candidates of Albanian origin who compete in other lists?
I am happy that many people of Albanian origin have proposed themselves like me in these elections. To give a hand to the community, to help in the social sphere and now also at the political level from a civic and democratic sense. I wish everyone a big good luck!
15. Do you want to add something or say more that you think is important?
It is logical that the historical-political period we are facing is very particular, the wind that is blowing is opposed to the principles that I have gradually told you in this interview. We must be an even stronger wind that challenges this current of populism that hurts society and citizenship. Believing in integration, legality, security, innovation, community and the health of our citizenship. I would like to leave you with a phrase from Philipe Daverio "Every return to sovranisti resembles the return to cretinism"
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