Alida Qukaj is a candidate for Firenze with the civic list "Punto e Capo" supporting the candidate for mayor Mustafa Watte. In Florence there are also other candidates of Albanian origins including Petrit Malaj that Albania News already has interviewed
I'm Alida Qukaj, born in Shkoder the 16 / 09 / 1996. Permanently resident in Florence from the 2001. Attended all compulsory schools and graduated as a computer expert at the Technical Institute “A. Meucci "always in Florence. I currently work as a waitress in a bar in the historic center of Florence, because I love being always in contact with people. I present myself in the next municipal elections as a candidate with the civic list "Punto e Capo" fully supporting our candidate for mayor Mustafa Watte.
Interview with Alida Qukaj
1. What is your proposal in the list program?
The total integration of all citizens, contrary to all forms of racism and discrimination (as the Italian Constitution also states).
I propose myself, despite my young age, as an energetic person for active support not only for my community but also for all the foreign communities living in Florence today, but not only. Another proposal will be that of a greater control of all the school structures present in the territory, so as to avoid unpleasant episodes of dilapidated schools as recently happened, young people must have the right to study in safety.
2. If you win, what do you think you propose to be innovative for all citizens?
Beyond the safety of schools as mentioned above, the defense of rights for all citizens. Florence is a welcoming and supportive city, every resident or guest citizen has the same rights and duties, the task of a good administration is to remove obstacles and prejudices with reception and integration policies, valuing the differences already starting from the new generations .
3. Why do you think they will have to vote for you?
Because, even at a young age, I have a great desire to learn and make myself available to the citizens, thus making all the love that Florence has given me in these years. Because so in council there would finally be someone who is also the spokesperson of the various communities already permanently resident for years, demonstrating an even stronger integration, without making distinctions as we all have the same rights and duties, the first among which that of respecting the wonderful city in which we find ourselves.
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?
Yes, absolutely. It is an advantage because it makes the mind more open, it helps to understand the various cultures and consequently find them a meeting point for mutual respect.
5. You are of Albanian origin. What is Albania for you?
Albania for me is home, even though I came away shortly after the second year of life, theAlbania for me is origin, it is respect, it is family. I can't explain better what Albania is to me, because it's not just a nation, it's a feeling inside me.
6. What does it mean to have a foreign name in your everyday life?
It means reminding me who I am, what path I have taken and that respect for others is the key without ever having to judge by appearance.
7. Are you Italian enough for those who will vote for you?
I actually became an Italian citizen only last April 8, but I personally already considered myself Italian even before, in fact I considered myself Albanian-Florentine if we want to be really picky, both Albania and Italy have influenced a lot in my life, but having always grown up in Florence allowed me to fully assimilate the culture and consequently yes, I am Albanian by origin, but very Italian by adoption. For me it is an increase to be able to boast a double culture.
8. Do you care about polls? What do they say about the list you signed up for?
Given the current political and cultural situation it is very difficult to believe in surveys, for two reasons. The first because there is a very high percentage of abstinence to vote, the second is that the vote is very volatile, so a survey risks not being truthful even to 24h from the elections.
9. What does it mean to be integrated in your opinion and what are the proposals to be made to improve immigration policies?
It means feeling an integral part of the community, participating fully in the everyday life of one's city. As for integration, it is to guarantee the dignity of people, the first thing to do is to teach them the language because without such knowledge there can be no communication, and without communication it is very difficult to guarantee integration.
10. Of Albanian origin, but which is your mother tongue?
I can proudly claim to have two, because both Italian and Albanian are both my languages.
11. Don't you think they only chose you to draw on the votes of your community?
Absolutely not, and more than a choice it was a finding oneself, as I fully support Watte that the entire program presented. I would also add that the program was written with the support of each of the candidates on the list, I also want to add that besides myself there are other 9 candidates, on 36, of foreign origin; not to draw on the votes of our communities but rather to bring a stronger voice.
12. What do you have to say to the other candidates of Albanian origin who compete in other lists?
Only a big good luck, because participating in the political life of your city is a sign of a strong bond towards it and also a strong embrace because knowing that an Albanian can enter the City Council for me is a great sense of pride.
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