The next 26 May, together with the European elections, will be held the Italian administrative elections. We have taken steps to find candidates of Albanian origin that you can consult
Today we present the eighth candidate, Xheimina Dervishi, born in Italy. Both his parents are from Kavajë, Albania.
I am Xheimina, I have 19 years and I was born in Tradate, in the province of Varese. I studied languages at the Marie Curie High School in Tradate, now instead studying philosophy at the University of Milan.
I am a candidate as municipal councilor in Castiglione Olona with a civic list called "Più Castiglione", with the architect Francesca Porfiri as candidate for mayor.
The list, being civic, is not recognized in any party and presents itself as absolutely independent of them, it is made up of wonderful people, with a past rich in working experiences and exemplary life, which will do nothing but color the public life of Castiglione Olona.
Interview with Xheimina Dervishi
Albania is a safe haven for me
1. What is your proposal in the list program
Revitalization is the key word. I think that what is essentially missing today is life and the desire to do and not just in my community.
2. If you win, what do you think you propose to be innovative for all citizens?
The change of perspective, sometimes seeing what already exists with different eyes and from different points of view is the most innovative thing that can be done.
3. Why do you think they will have to vote for you?
Because it is not true that "young people don't want to do anything"!
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?
I've always felt lucky for this. I did the linguistic high school and I do not deny that being in possession of two mother tongues has helped me a lot, I have never had any difficulty in learning a foreign language, knowing one already since birth will certainly make your job easier.
5. You are of Albanian origin. What is Albania for you?
A safe haven. In the sense that I know that I would always find someone ready to welcome me, just like the ships that land.
6. What does it mean to have a foreign name in your everyday life?
I like my name so much because it is unique and this makes me feel special and then it was given to me by my uncle and this makes me even more proud to own it. However, I do not deny that it embarrasses me a little when pronunciation or writing is wrong, but I understand the difficulties.
7. Are you Italian enough for those who will vote for you?
I feel absolutely Italian, perhaps too much. I would rather ask myself if I am Albanian enough for the Albanians.
8. Do you care about polls? What do they say about the list you signed up for?
Polls are important, but they certainly don't have any absolute truth, trust is good, trust is better.
9. What does it mean to be integrated in your opinion and what are the proposals to be made to improve immigration policies?
Integration should not be thought of as a loss of one's own culture and roots to "sell oneself to others". The past and the origins of each one remain intact even in a condition of integration.
Rather, integration means being able to live in an equal situation with respect to the original residents, being able to possess services that can help those in difficulty and always feel safe and never threatened because they are "different".
Immigration policies do not exist, it has always been treated as a problem to be solved, perhaps we should start by considering it differently.
10. Do you notice any difference between your parents and you in the way you live in Italy?
Definitely. Being born in Italy and having grown up, I was able to welcome her differently than my parents. For me, Italy is the cradle of my childhood and the culture of my education, for my parents it was a place of refuge, from which to start a new life.
11. Of Albanian origin, but which is your mother tongue?
I can't tell them apart. I immediately learned both Italian and Albanian without distinction. Surely the language I chew the best is Italian.
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?
In my town there are many Albanians, but there is no organized community, or you are completely integrated or you ghettoize yourself.
13. Don't you think they only chose you to draw on the votes of your community?
I admit I thought so, but I'm sure I have better qualities that can be exploited, rather than just dual citizenship. And then not many Albanians are voting.
14. What do you have to say to the other candidates of Albanian origin who compete in other lists?
Good luck to everyone! I wish everyone the victory, beyond the represented party, it is a great step for all the Albanians. This is the empirical demonstration that integration exists and is possible, if not functional for one's own communes.
15. Do you want to add something or say more that you think is important?
I would like to wish good luck to my mayor candidate Francesca, who in recent months has shown that she is not only up to my expectations, but above all absolutely fit for the role of mayor.
By now there are only a few days left until the fateful 26 May and all that remains is to reap the benefits of what has been sown so far, but I am sure that, regardless of the outcome of the elections, this will be a victory for us all.
Politics has always been a great passion of mine and, thanks to Francesca and the team in general, I had the chance to be able to see it for myself and experience it for the first time. I feel proud to be able to represent my peers and my community, spending money on the city that welcomed my parents and where I was born and still live.
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