Why do ex-pats, especially those from the Anglo-Saxon world, tend to be such moaners about their host country, whichever country it happens to be? The usual criticisms they make about Italy could apply, with subtle variations, to many other countries with large ex-pat communities.

The host country is perceived as corrupt, inefficient, indifferent, unsafe, dirty and inhospitable to foreigners. The home country in turn is held up as honest, efficient, safe, clean, hard working and friendly. Many a book or an article written by ex-pats about the foreign country they live in is based on this formula

Wanted in Rome
Wanted in Rome
Wanted in Rome is a monthly magazine in English for expatriates in Rome established in 1985. The magazine covers Rome news stories that may be of interest to English and Italian speaking residents, and tourists as well. The publication also offers classifieds, photos, information on events, museums, churches, galleries, exhibits, fashion, food, and local travel.
Previous article Updating il catasto.
Next article Updating il catasto.