Brazilians clamour to reclaim Portuguese roots

Brazilians clamour to reclaim Portuguese roots

Grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Portuguese who emigrated to Brazil decades ago are clamouring to reclaim the nationality of their ancestors – even “without knowing anything about” Portugal.
The news highlighted this week shows that despite our problems, Brazilians still value a life in Europe – and are very possibly not that positive over what lies in store for them in their own country.
According to Madeiran website dnoticias.pt, just this year the Portuguese consulate in São Paulo has expedited 7.500 passports for “new Portuguese” this year.
In the last five years, there have been 30,000 new nationalities issued.
As one of the “new Portuguese” told Lusa: “I have taken Portuguese nationality as I think it could mean I get a better education – maybe a better job. I think it is a pretty country and I would like to visit it one day”.
The great-grandparents of Arthur Pereirinha Moutinho, 13, left Portugal for Brazil in search of a better life.
Now his father, brother and mother are doing the reverse, for the very same reason, explains the site.
Arthur’s father explained to Lusa that he thought his sons would get a better university education in Portugal than he could afford in Brazil.