There were 845 Portuguese who entered Canada in 2016, according to data from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. This represents a slight increase of 3% when compared to the previous year. +
In the first decade of this century (2001-2011), at least 233 thousand Portuguese emigrants returned to Portugal. The large majority (almost 70%) returned from France, Switzerland, Spain, United Kingdom and Germany (France is the country with the largest proportion - about a quarter). The large majority returns during working age (more than 75%) and the proportion of those who return in retirement age is comparatively much lower (less than 20%). In the population that has already reached the working age (15 years or more) and has returned in this decade, education tends to be low (almost 60% has a maximum of 9 years of schooling, less than 30% has secondary education and a little more than 10% has higher education). Regarding labour status, the most frequent condition is to be employed (more than 40%), followed by retirement (about 25%) and unemployment is a significant situation (slightly more than 10%). Finally, about 80% of the returned emigrants with a job, is an employee. +
Interview with Paulo Filipe Monteiro
Paulo Filipe Monteiro holds a degree in Sociology from ISCTE. While a student, in the 1980s, as an end-of-course project, he began the study of emigration from the villages of the Lousã mountain to the USA. He continued, later, the investigation into Portuguese emigrants, then from the destination point, in Connecticut, USA. From this path came the book Emigração. O Eterno Mito do Retorno, as well as other publications, including Luso-Americanos no Connecticut. Questões de Etnicidade e de Comunidade. He holds a PhD in Communication Sciences from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, where he teaches drama, cinema and fiction. +
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