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Seeking greener pastures: Portuguese emigration to former African colonies

September 3, 2013 6:34 pm0 comments
Seeking greener pastures: Portuguese emigration to former African colonies

The recession-induced Portuguese influx to its former colonies, Angola and Mozambique, is rooted in deeply structural conditions and is also, to a significant degree, a product of historical and political construction and the common language factor. It not only signals changes in the contemporary migration patterns and the ways in which migration flows are channelled internationally, but also highlights the lingering historical and socio-political ties of the colonial period, and suggests that we are currently witnessing shifts in global power dynamics. Although north-south and south-south migration are well documented phenomena, the current frameworks for international north-south migration is lacking and is in need of improvement. As the Portugal-Africa dynamics have been picked up by many global media outlets lately, it can be expected that researchers, multilateral organisations and government bodies will take interest in the unfolding trend, leading to the production of more comprehensive empirical and analytical materials in the near future.

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