When the first Balkan refugees arrived in our class

 

Academic advisor Genny Chiarandon remembers when refugees from the Yugoslav Wars to Italy entered her class in the early 1990s. She recalls how quickly they learned Italian and integrated into society, and how she and her classmates couldn’t believe the stories they told.

Storyteller: Genny Chiarandon

Date of Story: 1992
Location of Story: Italy
Location: Vienna, Austria
Date: 31 January, 2016

This post is part of a collaboration with author Davide Rubini to collect the stories of Italy in the aftermath of the “Bribesville” (Tangentopoli) scandals of the 1990s. Find out more about Rubini’s new novel,  il fischio finale (The Final Blow).