I’m 65 and I’m from Italy. I’ve been discriminated against professionally and in my social life – sometimes veiled and sometimes less veiled. I’m from Italy but I’ve been out of the country for the past 40-odd years so I can hardly call myself an Italian. However, I am broadly associated with everything that goes on there.

Lately in the past few years, it’s been rather hard to find work here. There is an attitude of ‘English jobs for English people’. 

People aren’t supposed to be asking for age and nationality but people still want to know who you are so they can choose.


You are lumped together as foreigners.


People think, ‘Couldn’t you find anyone English to do the same job?’ 


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