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Vienna University recently adopted the smart city index.

A city can be defined as ‘smart’ when investments in human and social capital and traditional (transport) and modern (ICT) communication infrastructure fuel and sustainable development and a high quality of life, with a wise management of natural resources, through participatory governance.

Perugia entered at the 54th european ranking (as first Italian city) in one of the 6 sub indicators: citizenship. This was not expected see Wired June 2012 #40 pag 79

According to the criteria adopted by Ciriaci and colleagues in the survey published on proceedings of the International Conference on “Human Capital and Employment in the European and Mediterranean Area” Bologna, 10-11 March 2011 the souhern Italy graduates migration choices are directly connected with the following variables: i) unemployement rate of the residency area, ii) unemployment rate of the chosen education area, iv) scientific prestige of the centre. The migration trend considered from south to north considered as target migration areas the Italian central-northern regions: Lazio, Tuscany, Umbria, Marche, Emilia-Romagna, Liguria, Valle d‟Aosta, Piedmont, Lombardy, Trentino A.A., Friuli Venezia-Giulia, Veneto. The southern regions are Campania, Abruzzi, Molise, Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria, Sicily and Sardinia, which comprise the so-called „Mezzogiorno‟.

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The new laws in force next September, cuts funding for illegal immigrants free medical care in Spain. Health professionals in Spain are registering as conscientious objectors in protest against a new law that requires them to deny treatment to immigrants.

Seems that immigrants according to the upcaming reforms if without residency cards will be refused treatment at public hospitals and health centres.

The new law is part of an austerity package introduced by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative government to reduce public spending to meet deficit targets imposed by Brussels.

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