In Naples an entire generation has gone missing. The 30somethings have disappeared and
this void is destined to grow, with no sign of abating. The vast majority of young people
can’t find work and so they leave. They don’t just leave for a season with a return ticket,
the exodus is permanent. The economic situation is dragging the whole society down, the
young escape and those who stay suffer social and human degradation. They stay because they
don’t know anything else, but those with sufficient financial means escape.At 18 you are
already hopeless. 70% of the population gets by with occasional work, one day selling socks,
the other manning a car park… the Neapolitan learns early how to make do and how to survive
in a system that does not properly function, right from its primary services. The schooling
system is appalling, it’s a ghetto in a ghetto, with no hope for the future, the absence of
opportunity is deeply engrained in its structure.
Ignorance is widespread and people are not ambitious because there isn’t a mentality which asks more of anybody, not even the most talented. The Naples that you see in films died thirty years ago. From the early 1990s all sense of belonging to a community was erased. In the absence of economic growth, the loss of a shared identity has corrupted society, dragging down even the middle classes. There is not even a plan to improve the city.