THE RIGHT OF RETURN

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“The Wall Street Journal” has an interesting news piece on the growing migration by Portuguese workers to Angola. With 9.2% unemployment (that’s considered a crisis in Europe; it should also be in the third world, but it is not) back in Portugal, the domestic economy expected to shrink by 3.7% this year, and “… temporary and seasonal construction work in other European Union countries — a mainstay for Portuguese laborers — … drying up,” resulting in many workers returning home and struggling to find work, many move back to Portugal’s former colony. Why? Angola has “… emerged in recent years as one of the world’s fastest-growing economies” bolstered by oil and mining (its gross domestic product grew well over 10% annually since 2004, and topped 20% in 2007).

Angolan Riches Lure New Workers.

Sean Jacobs

Sean Jacobs is on the international affairs faculty of The New School. He is the Founder and Editor of Africa is a Country.

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