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Immigration WorldwidePolicies, Practices, and Trends$
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Uma A. Segal, Doreen Elliott, and Nazneen S. Mayadas

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195388138

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388138.001.0001

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Immigration to Portugal

(p.274) 18 Portugal
Immigration Worldwide

João Casqueira Cardoso

Oxford University Press

Although Portugal has been a transition country for migratory movements over the past few centuries, immigration is a recent phenomenon beginning in the 20th century. Following the first wave of immigration resulting from the postcolonial period, Portugal faced a new challenge: the rather sudden arrival of immigrants from Eastern Europe, in search of job opportunities and with no obvious cultural links to Portugal. At the same time, the country is facing the new migration movements and political constraints resulting from its entry into the European Communities. As a result, the decision makers are in search of a new immigration policy—a model where they might be tempted to defend, either implicitly or explicitly a certain idea of Portugal as a former colonial power.

Keywords:   immigration, Portugal, international migrations, public policies, Southern Europe

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