Adults living with their parents: Italian Supreme Court sends wake-up call to 'big babies'


This 30-year-old man from Sicily is still living with his parents.
This 30-year-old man from Sicily is still living with his parents. © FRANCE 24

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Natalia MENDOZA

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Danilo ARNONE

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Lorenza PENSA

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Charlotte DAVAN WETTON

Due to a lack of stable employment, 64.3 percent of young Italian adults aged 18 to 34 still live with their parents. They are known as “Bamboccioni” or “big babies”. Recently, Italy’s Supreme Court put an end to a judicial saga that had been gripping the country. For the past five years, a 35-year-old part-time musician had been relentlessly suing his father for financial support. But the court ruled against him: in essence, the judges told him “to grow up”.

Our Italy correspondents tell us more about a phenomenon that’s representative of Italian society but particularly common in the southern “Mezzogiorno” regions. They report from Sicily, where 51 percent of young people are unemployed and family ties remain very strong.

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