"Foreign entrepreneurs in Italy are half a million and do not know of a crisis" is how they called Italian newspapers some time ago the situation of the so-called foreign entrepreneurship in Italy.
The army of almost half a million (447.429) of non-Italian entrepreneurs are worth about 15% of Italian entrepreneurship, about one in four is a woman and well the 81% comes from a non-EU country ... oh no dear reader, Romania is in the European Union and only Romanians represent 1.206.938 of non-Italian citizens regularly residing in Italy.
A very significant figure is that inherent in the growth of the so-called foreign companies, which increased by 31,7% in the darkest period for the Italian economy, namely that between the 2010 and the 2018, the same period that saw entrepreneurs decrease Italian of 12,2%.
Not only that, so-called "acquired" entrepreneurs are even younger than their Italian colleagues, in fact, 71,6% of them have less than 50 years, while for the same age group the Italian percentage stops at 44,3%.
Do you want to know which nationalities dominate this ranking?
The first in number of companies started are the Moroccans, who with 64.690 entrepreneurs are the masters above all in the field of commerce, followed by the Chinese community that, in the same field, employs many 50.899 entrepreneurs.
Soon after, the Romanian entrepreneurs who are around 47.964 and the Albanians who are about 31.425 arrive, in this case these two communities mainly dominate the construction entrepreneurship market.
But these entrepreneurs are not just numbers and statistics, they are above all people, people with stories behind them and often they are stories of difficult life, of revenge and social redemption.
Here then that driven by curiosity, I went to know closely who for the Italian newspapers represented only a number accompanied by the label "foreign entrepreneurs".
This is the story of Lazer Livadhi, a young entrepreneur of Albanian origins who at sixteen decided to challenge the fate and waves of the sea to chase his greatest dream, Italy.