Although there has always been a culture of multigenerational households in Italy, the number of young adults staying longer in the family home has increased in recent years. Increasingly difficult economic conditions and a longer period of time before young adults are able to find stable employment lead to delays.
They are sometimes referred to somewhat derisively as “bamboccioni” (loosely translated as “overgrown children”). The term was first used by an Italian politician in 2007 to draw attention to the high numbers of young adults still living with their parents. The share of adult Italian men and women aged 18 to 34 who still live with their parents is approximately 70 percent in 2023, according to the study.
Mother of Pavia
However, not all parents are comfortable with such a situation. The 75-year-old woman from the city of Pavia was tired of supporting her middle-aged sons and tried several times to convince them to find separate housing, also because they both have jobs.
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The mother was also upset that the sons did not contribute to the household expenses, nor did they participate in the housework. She therefore took them to court. The Pavia judge Simona Caterbi agreed with her and issued an order for their eviction.
A court order to evict descendants is quite unusual. In Italy, however, there have also been cases where parents were driven to court by their adult children, who still expected financial support.
In one case from 2020, Italy’s highest court dismissed an appeal by a 35-year-old part-time musician who argued that his income of 2,000 euros a month was not enough to live on and that he therefore needed money from his parents. His case was rejected by the court, saying that young adults do not have an automatic right to financial support from their parents.
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