A report published on Wednesday has revealed that a staggering 31% of Italian adults are currently living at home with their parents.
The report was conducted by the firms Coldiretti and Censis and highlighted just how many Italians are attempting to withstand the eurozone crisis by seeking refuge in the family home and relying on their relationships with relations.
Figures from the research show that 25.3% of 30 – 44 year olds are living with their mothers, 11.8% of 45 – 64 year olds are living with their mothers, and of all ages that did not still live with their parents 54% lived within walking distance.
In Italy, multiple generations have long since traditionally lived under one roof in order to care for one another. If and when a child lives at home during their 30s or 40s, they will usually be taking care of their aging parents. When the parents die, the house will then be passed down to the children, who will then pass it on to their children and so on and so forth.
Whilst this traditional cycle did die off slightly before the economic downturn, Italy’s weak economy has seen it once again become a phenomenon.
So the question is, is living at home with you parents really such a bad thing?
Whilst of course remaining under our parent’s roof means that we sacrifice our independence and occasionally freedom of choice to some degree, the new report also found that Italy’s traditional family-base provides a protective buffer from economic hardship.
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