Portugal today is perhaps known for being out of the news rather than in it, but that wasn’t always so. In the 1970s particularly in between 1974- ’75 the nation was marked by political turmoil consequent to completion of the Salazar dictatorship and the end of its colonial empire in Africa and the ensuing return of the erstwhile colonial settlers, likewise called the ‘tornados.’ Perhaps unsurprisingly it’s because of this that the nation has actually embraced a more liberal outlook than other European states to the modern influx of refugees from the Middle East.
Political Modification and Decolonization
For a time it appeared Portugal would replace a rightist dictatorship with a leftist one, however that didn’t happen, probably because of the Cold War and the country’s NATO membership. Whether the birth of democracy in this Western country was a ‘natural’ procedure as some observers like Robert Harvey have suggested or engineered from abroad is possibly only of academic interest now, however what seems undeniable is that like its much better recognized Iberian cousin, Spain, Portugal appears to have turned its back on a dictatorial and imperial past.
A Liberal Technique
In the present exactly what is of interest is that Portugal better understood for its emigrants has actually embraced an inviting technique to refugees from a region that when colonized the Iberian peninsula. It has actually shown itself different from the rest of Europe in that respect as it performed in the 1970s when it seemed to be a pale imitation of Nasserite Egypt in regards to the military’s hold over the political system. Fortunately, the nation has really turned its back on such tendencies. Of course the refugees have actually dropped into Portugal only in small quantities, choosing richer members of the E.U. However despite being a small country and not as abundant as some other European nations, Portugal’s welcome of immigrants in its middle is rather path-breaking even if the main possibilities for them in that little nation are mainly centered on backwoods such as farm labor. Be that as it may, we can find out many things from Portugal, particularly that we are all part of a typical mankind which the barriers that separate nations are not impenetrable neither by situations nor indeed of history.
Portugal, of course, has some advantages over more complex and diverse countries in being reasonably homogenous with a single language. Even the shedding of its erstwhile colonial ownerships in Africa has complemented this tendency and has enabled the nation to shepherd its modest resources while shedding the trammels of empire. It plainly reveals us that in the modern-day world it’s not required to engage in great power politics or have big militaries to make a distinction as Portugal has actually shown in its mindset to immigration. Moreover, the abiding hold Portugal has in far-off outposts of its former empire like Goa in India is shown by the record numbers in that state taking up Portuguese citizenship and emigrating.
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