The study, published on Wednesday by Pew Research Centre, asked Italians which factors were “important for being truly Italian”.
Less than half of Italians – 42 percent – said that being born in Italy was “very important” to national identity.
However, this was still one of the highest figures among the 14 countries surveyed. In Sweden, just eight percent agreed, and in Germany, Australia and the Netherlands the figure was below 20 percent as well.
The survey was conducted between April and May of last year with more than 14,000 respondents across 14 countries.
So what emerged as the key factor in becoming Italian? Luckily, it’s something anyone can achieve: learning the language.
“Language far and away is seen as the most critical to national identity,” Pew researchers noted. The study showed that it was considered the most crucial factor in every single country surveyed.
Almost six in ten Italians agreed (59 percent), though this was the lowest score of any country, joint with Canada.
That compared to 84 percent in the Netherlands, 81 percent in Hungary and the UK, and 79 percent in Germany.
Half of Italians thought that sharing national culture and traditions was a key factor, placing Italy in the middle of the pack.
Prioritizing cultural traditions was linked to political allegiance. In Italy, supporters of the far-right were more likely to agree that following national traditions was important for being Italian, following a Europe-wide trend that those on the political right found this to be important.
The survey also looked at whether religion had any bearing on national identity. Overall, the majority of people disagreed, with Greece the only country where more than half held this view.
In Italy, 30 percent said that being Catholic was key to being Italian, but a strong generational divide emerged. That figure rose to 40 percent among the over-50’s – the most of any demographic other than Greek over-50’s.
This survey illustrates a problem with what is happening throughout Europe. Here we have our own people, culturally brainwashed of course, stating that language is the most important factor in dictating who should be considered Italian. So to these cucks and cultural traitors, an African who comes to Italy and learns the language is their countryman more than the Son or Daughter of Italian Immigrants.
Being an Italian American, I see the love that many of us still have for the homeland. We keep many of the old traditions alive. Italian Americans have had to overcome prejudice to proof our worth in the country. We have achieved assimilation while at the same time keeping the culture that we love. To hear that our fellow Italians would think of others to be closer to them than us is both heartbreaking and ludicrous.
Let us hear their thoughts after these “New Italians” commit violence in their streets and to their children. Let us hear their answers when Muslims destroy and desecrate their churches and holy symbols.
That’s right, we won’t be able to understand or help them. For we don’t speak the language and are not truly Italian.