The success of emigration

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An emblematic figure of the Friuli people's work is Giacomo Ceconi of Montececon but born in Pielungo in 1833.
He personifies only one of many successful social and economic experiences emigration is filled with and is also frequently one of the causes of emigration.

Between the 1800s and the 1900s there were many entrepreneurs from Friuli who were responsible for the realisation abroad of large buildings, railways, sewers, docks, canals and roads.
Bricklayers, stone cutters or generic labourers would go abroad, especially in the central European countries, to the sites of the directors or contractors who were usually from their town.
The positive outcome that the Friuli people, their sons and grandchildren were able to obtain in emigration or in the countries of which they had become a part did not stop at sectors or specific localized areas.

Syria Poletti, for example, arrived in Argentina from Sacile between the 1930s and 1940s and is one of the most important writers overseas of literature for children.

The teacher Antonio Cossettini from Aviano created, around 1870, the "Silvio Pellico" which was one of the first Italian schools outside the city of Buenos Aires.

The second and third generations of Friuli people, born, raised and educated abroad affirmed themselves as professors, managers and professionals in the most varied sectors of culture, economy and politics.

The result of a total integration in the society was that parents, grandparents and great-grandparents were welcomed.
The big companies with a Friuli area last name that distinguishes them document a long migratory route that was rewarded with fortune.

These companies are numerous and are to be found from Europe to the Americas, from Australia to South Africa.
There are traces of the presence of people from Friuli on all five continents.

The traces are as deserving as those of the poor emigrants from Navarons who, between the 1800s and the 1900s "eat bread and knives in order to sustain their own family" which had remained in the homeland.