The Corner

Maputo or Bust: Portuguese Head to Mozambique for Jobs

As Portugal continues to experience some of the worst of Europe’s economic woes, waves of its citizens are packing up and heading to one of Africa’s poorest countries, Mozambique, in search of opportunity. According to the BBC, as many as 20,000 have relocated to Maputo, the Mozambican capital, in the last few years, while another 20,000 have moved elsewhere in the former Portuguese colony.

“In the last two years there have been many more Portuguese coming,” said Mozambique’s deputy foreign minister, who added that the government is granting more than 200 visas a day. “I suppose it must be to do with the crisis in Portugal.”

Despite Mozambique’s impoverishment — it ranked 185th out of 186 on the United Nation’s most recent Human Development Index – Portuguese immigrants are finding opportunities in manual labor and mining operations, while others are opening their own businesses. One former Portuguese businessman, who now builds prefabricated houses in Maputo, told the BBC that a “tsunami hit Portugal and now everyone is coming here,” because they don’t “believe the economic situation in Portugal will improve within the next five years.”

Portuguese immigrants are now settling in for life in the former colony for the long term, and happily so. “We don’t plan to go to Portugal or the UK to start a family,” said a Portuguese woman with a British boyfriend. “That’s a good indication that we feel happy here.”

Most Popular

Elections

Trump’s Disgraceful Gambit

The Rudy Giuliani–led press conference at the RNC yesterday was the most outlandish and irresponsible performance ever by a group of lawyers representing a president of the United States. If Giuliani’s charge of a “national conspiracy” to produce fraudulent votes in Democratic cities around the country ... Read More
Elections

Trump’s Disgraceful Gambit

The Rudy Giuliani–led press conference at the RNC yesterday was the most outlandish and irresponsible performance ever by a group of lawyers representing a president of the United States. If Giuliani’s charge of a “national conspiracy” to produce fraudulent votes in Democratic cities around the country ... Read More
Elections

System over Policy, Nation over Faction

One of the more insidious things about President Trump is the way he acts as a kind of gravitational distortion in our political-moral space. His combination of self-serving unscrupulousness and weaponized charisma adds ethical weight to the decisions of more ordinary politicians and pundits. Political ... Read More
Elections

System over Policy, Nation over Faction

One of the more insidious things about President Trump is the way he acts as a kind of gravitational distortion in our political-moral space. His combination of self-serving unscrupulousness and weaponized charisma adds ethical weight to the decisions of more ordinary politicians and pundits. Political ... Read More
Elections

Election 2020’s Endgame

Today on the menu: States are certifying their votes, and Trump's legal team is in turmoil. The 2020 Election Starts to Wind Down Michigan and Pennsylvania are set to certify their election results today, and Nevada is scheduled to do the same tomorrow. Saturday night, U.S. district judge Matthew W. ... Read More
Elections

Election 2020’s Endgame

Today on the menu: States are certifying their votes, and Trump's legal team is in turmoil. The 2020 Election Starts to Wind Down Michigan and Pennsylvania are set to certify their election results today, and Nevada is scheduled to do the same tomorrow. Saturday night, U.S. district judge Matthew W. ... Read More
Politics & Policy

‘The Dumbest Coup’

Noah Rothman’s excellent piece in Commentary, “The Dumbest of Coups,” deserves to be widely read. I’ve been writing about conspiracy theories for a while now — QAnon, the Flat-Earth gang, etc. — and one of the things you quickly learn about conspiracy theories is that every conspiracy theory is, ... Read More
Politics & Policy

‘The Dumbest Coup’

Noah Rothman’s excellent piece in Commentary, “The Dumbest of Coups,” deserves to be widely read. I’ve been writing about conspiracy theories for a while now — QAnon, the Flat-Earth gang, etc. — and one of the things you quickly learn about conspiracy theories is that every conspiracy theory is, ... Read More