Pakistanis in Italy: Against All Odds

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ROME, May 11 (IPS) – Daud Khan, Ahmed Raza and Mahnoor Malik speak to a young immigrant in Italy about his journey to EuropeWe met 22-year old Ali B. in a park in Rome’s city center on a rather cold and windy April evening. We could not share a meal, or even a coffee, as all restaurants were shut due to continuing COVID-19 restrictions. He had travelled down from Cerveteri (a small town about 50km north of Rome) where he works for an old couple. They provide boarding and lodging as well as a decent salary and social security benefits. In return, he has to cook for them and look after the kitchen.

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