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Portugal's jobless graduates flee to Africa and Brazil

 
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Thousands of young unemployed professionals are escaping Portugal's crippling economic crisis by finding jobs in former colonies, such as Brazil and Angola. The reversal of traditional migration patterns is fuelling talk of a "lost generation".

Natalia Santos has had enough. She occasionally laughs as she tells me her story but there is hardness in her olive-green eyes.

Nobody could accuse the 29-year-old teacher from Porto of lacking initiative. She has done more than most to find full-time work in Portugal.


Over the past six years she has applied to 362 schools, yet despite glowing references, she has never landed a job that lasted more than nine months.

Natalia has been forced to accept a string of short-term contracts on the minimum wage of around 500 euro per month.

In the fallow periods in-between, she helps her unemployed parents to grow fruit and vegetables.



Brain drain

Natalia also went to Poland for a year, on the Erasmus European volunteering scheme. She wanted to work - even if it was unpaid apart from expenses.

She hoped that the experience would help her back in Portugal, but it didn't. So she applied for a position in Ireland but then the economy there crashed.

Undeterred, Natalia tried another tack and went back to university to train as a special needs teacher.


After trying tirelessly to get a job in Portugal, Natalia is preparing to leave
But recent cuts in the education budget mean that most schools are now restricted to just one special needs teacher instead of four or five.

So no luck there either.

"I feel very frustrated sometimes and very disappointed," she says.

"But I won't give up. I'll go abroad because I am not going to wait for Portugal to give me something."

Natalia is about to join the growing brain drain.

One in 10 graduates now leaves the country, leading many to talking about Portugal's "lost generation".

"This is the biggest emigration wave since the 1960s," says Filipa Pinho of the government's newly established Emigration Observatory.

Dizzying growth

Portugal has traditionally exported some of its manpower - it has a diaspora around the world of three million. But in the past, it was blue-collar workers and villagers who left for a better life. Now it's the skilled and well-educated.

And if 50 years ago young Portuguese left to seek their fortune in richer parts of Europe, today they are packing their bags for booming Brazil, Angola and Mozambique.

It is a historic role reversal, because for decades Portugal lured immigrants from its former colonies in Latin America and Africa.



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africa can be the economic supercontinent if these african leaders can get their shit together and rid themselves of european and arabian scourges. i believe of the 10 growing nations around the globe 5 of the countries are african.
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oh this deserves a pin.
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africa can be the economic supercontinent if these african leaders can get their shit together and rid themselves of european and arabian scourges. i believe of the 10 growing nations around the globe 5 of the countries are african.
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The GDP of Angola grew 20.6 percent in the year of 2005 alone.
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20.6 percent is above the wildest dreams of the Chinese...
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20.6 percent is above the wildest dreams of the Chinese...
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It's not a surprise that the current Miss Universe is Leila Lopes, from Angola:






Daaaaança Kuduro!!!!

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A little taste of Brazil:








I understand why the Portuguese graduates come here... In understand them...
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brazil was nice. been there in 07. i liked that city called petropolis thats way up in the mountains or hills. the drive up there was scary. i thought the bus was gonna fall off the cliff.
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Nice!!!

Brazil - Angola Power!!!!

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brazil was nice. been there in 07. i liked that city called petropolis thats way up in the mountains or hills. the drive up there was scary. i thought the bus was gonna fall off the cliff.
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If you miss Petropolis, here it is, to make you remember (in English):

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brazil was nice. been there in 07. i liked that city called petropolis thats way up in the mountains or hills. the drive up there was scary. i thought the bus was gonna fall off the cliff.
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If you miss Petropolis, here it is, to make you remember (in English):


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yup yup! god i miss brazil. i been to that pink museum. believe thats the museum where the empress of brazil signed the freedom of blacks of brazil in 1899. i saw the actual pen she used.
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brazil was nice. been there in 07. i liked that city called petropolis thats way up in the mountains or hills. the drive up there was scary. i thought the bus was gonna fall off the cliff.
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If you miss Petropolis, here it is, to make you remember (in English):


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yup yup! god i miss brazil. i been to that pink museum. believe thats the museum where the empress of brazil signed the freedom of blacks of brazil in 1899. i saw the actual pen she used.
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Yeah, that's right.


Petropolis was the city where the Emperors of Brazil had their winter palace, in the times of the Monarchy, in the 19th century.
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Just one more little Bump...
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Just one more?

Please?
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OP, if you have a problem with colonialism, don't quote the BBC
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Just one more?

Please?
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Hey, Brazil!

Is your country really on the up, or is it just being fucked by mega-rich J3W banksters?
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Just one more?

Please?
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Hey, Brazil!

Is your country really on the up, or is it just being fucked by mega-rich J3W banksters?
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No mega-rich J3w banksters here...

The biggest bank in Brazil (Banco do Brasil) is owned by the government.

The two biggest private banks, Bradesco and Itau, are national banks, and have no relation to the City of London.

The foreign banks have a secondary role in the Brazilian banking system.
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Just one more?

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Hey, Brazil!

Is your country really on the up, or is it just being fucked by mega-rich J3W banksters?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 9272536




No mega-rich J3w banksters here...

The biggest bank in Brazil (Banco do Brasil) is owned by the government.

The two biggest private banks, Bradesco and Itau, are national banks, and have no relation to the City of London.

The foreign banks have a secondary role in the Brazilian banking system.
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Make sure you do whatever it takes, up to and including murder, to keep it that way.
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Do most Brazilians speak English? Can someone who doesn't know Portuguese function well in Brazil?

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