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Pictures Mon Dec 30, Yet Prato is also a thriving hub of illegality committed by both Italians and Chinese, a byproduct of globalization gone wrong, some people in the city say.
There are nearly 5, workshops run by Chinese immigrants in Prato, which largely turn out cheap clothing for fast-fashion There are nearly 5, workshops run by Chinese immigrants in Prato, which largely turn out cheap clothing for fast-fashion companies in Italy and across Europe.
Up to two thirds of the Chinese in Prato are illegal immigrants, according to local authorities. About 90 percent of the Chinese About 90 percent of the Chinese factories -- virtually all of which are rented out to Chinese entrepreneurs by Italians who own the buildings -- break the law in various ways, says Aldo Milone, the city councillor in charge of security.
This includes using fabric smuggled from China, evading taxes and grossly violating health and labor regulations.
This month a fire, which prosecutors suspect was set off by an electric stove, killed seven workers as they slept in cardboard cubicles at a workshop. The year-old mother of four sewed trousers by day and slept in a plasterboard cubicle hidden The year-old mother of four sewed trousers by day and slept in a plasterboard cubicle hidden behind a wooden wardrobe by night at the Shen Wu factory - until the police shut it down.
Many illegal immigrants arrive on three-month tourist visas but stay in Italy for a few years, until they make enough money to go Many illegal immigrants arrive on three-month tourist visas but stay in Italy for a few years, until they make enough money to go back to China.
Part of the problem is that 60 percent of Chinese workshops last just two Part of the problem is that 60 percent of Chinese workshops last just two years, often closing and reopening under a different name to evade checks by tax authorities. Illegal immigrants found by the police are ordered to leave Italy within five days, but there is no way of making sure that they actually do so, said city councillor Aldo Milone.
Shen Wu factory workers had regularly sat at their sewing machines for up to 14 hours a day. Li Hong, 29, had been working there for nearly a month, every day, from 8 a.According to the Census, Chinese immigrants (,) were the second largest foreign-born group in Canada.
Chinese immigrants in Canada – and In , the immigrant population comprised % of Canada’s population, so one in five people were immigrants. THE CITY OF Prato, in the hills of Tuscany, is as Italian as the region’s Chianti. It is also the heart of the fashion industry, where fine fabrics are made for brands such as Gucci and Armani.
Chinese immigrant workers look on as police officers conduct a check at a textile factory in Prato, Italy, December 9, Prato, the historical capital of Italy's textile business, has attracted. california abalone chinese - Chinese immigrants founded the state’s first commercial shellfisheries, but after a few short decades, they were forced out.
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The city of Prato has the second largest Chinese immigrant population in Italy (after Milan with Italy's largest Chinatown). Legal Chinese residents in Prato on 31 December were 9,  Local authorities estimate the number of Chinese citizens living in Prato to be around 45,, illegal immigrants included.
. Dec 09, · A cluster of 22 imported malaria cases, 21 caused by Plasmodium falciparum, was observed among illegal Chinese immigrants in northern Italy in the summer of The rate of severe disease was high because the patients were not immune and they sought health-care services late in their illness because of their clandestine status.