Recommends To The Government The Development Of A Quantitative Study And The New Portuguese Diaspora Qualifying In The World

Original Language Title: Recomenda ao Governo a elaboração de um estudo quantitativo e qualificativo da nova diáspora portuguesa no mundo

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Group Group Parliament – Palace of Saint Benedict-1249-068 Lisboa-Phone:-Fax: 21 391 7456 21 391 9233 Email: – motion for a resolution paragraph 78/XI the Government Recommends the preparation of a quantitative study and new qualifying Portuguese diaspora world explanatory memorandum in the last decade, Portugal saw a massive effort of your generations college-students and teachers – and their families in the conquest of opportunities for study abroad under the Erasmus programme. Are rare today those who have not had the opportunity to study in European universities and outside Europe of world renowned, recognized centres of academic excellence and competitiveness. Many of these young Portuguese continued their studies outside of Portugal and certainly many others chose to develop your professional activity in labour markets as competitive as the North-American, French, German, British or Spanish, to focus on only the most evident.

The Portuguese present and future emigration has some components that are substantially different from those which characterised the traditional emigration. In these segments typically has higher qualifications, a recognised ability to integrate in highly competitive labor markets and integrates, without major problems, the contestants and the host societies demanding. This new type of emigration is, in addition, in many cases, the positive translation of freedom of movement within the new economic and transnational social spaces in which Portugal integrates and accompanies the reality of increasingly global markets and the intense and open internationalization of the economy. And, finally, both this new facts as positions conquered by second and third generations of the oldest Portuguese emigration in countries and societies where you deploy the Portuguese communities with greater weight and tradition, result in that the new Portuguese diaspora and British acts in the countries of destination and in various regions of the world, influence and projection not negligible , cultural, scientific, social, economic, academic or politico.

According to the Observatory of emigration – created in 2008, on the basis of a protocol between the Directorate-General for Consular Affairs and Portuguese Communities (DGACCP) and the CIES/ISCTE – Center for research and studies in Sociology, ISCTE – Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE-IUL) – we have over a million emigrants in countries with the importance of France (567 thousand), United States (217), Brazil (213) , Switzerland (157), Canada (150), Spain (136), Germany (91), United Kingdom (77), Venezuela (53) or Luxembourg (41).

These indicators are important to measure quantitatively the expression of the Portuguese diaspora in the world and especially to follow in terms of numbers, but does not reflect accurately and more demanding that that is your current reality in terms of quality, in terms of motivations and ambitions of professional and business composition, design and local influence.

In view of this evolution of our qualitative diaspora and migration flows that characterize it in recent years, certainly more dispersed in terms of targets, it would be extremely important that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs promotes a strategic plan for the diaspora, beginning with quantify it accurately, identify your typology that socio-economic age groups characterize it, what qualifications do you have , what are the main professional activities you pursue, which their local problems and life ambitions.

The new Portuguese diaspora has also today a set of instruments at your disposal that the place to Portugal. Internet social networks, low cost air travel, cultural organisations and business-partner dynamics that put them in constant contact with others, and instant access to information.

Portugal should know fit and enjoy your politically and economic emigration, in particular the most qualified, as a vehicle of your foreign policy, today enhanced by a number of internet-based social networks, promoting its interests abroad, creating a dynamic local lobbying, but also creating conditions for this diaspora may invest in Portugal in the future the affinity with the country of origin or by the potential that the Portuguese Language allows the acceleration of projects in common.

Accordingly, and pursuant to article 156 of the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic, the Parliament recommends the Government: 1. That the quantitative and qualitative study of the new Portuguese diaspora in the world;

2. To promote concrete measures on your foreign policy, in consultation with other ministries, in order to reveal a paradigm shift in the face of this new Portuguese diaspora placing it at the Centre of their actions, making her a truly advanced line of our diplomacy all over the world.

São Bento Palace, March 10 2010 Members