Urgent talks as 10,000 Portuguese workers “may soon return from Angola”

With Portugal’s employment situation far from resolved, the crisis in Angola now threatens to bring a further 10,000 nationals back home – almost all of whom will be seeking jobs and already in financial difficulties.

The dire forecast is the subject of talks today with the Angolan ambassador to Portugal.

The Portuguese construction syndicate hopes to “sensibilise” the embassy to the problem of thousands of its members being “abandoned” by bosses as firms throughout Angola face bankruptcy.

Already 2,000 Portuguese workers are known to be in serious financial difficulties due to unpaid salaries in Angola, but these are just official figures, writes national tabloid Correio da Manhã – affirming that the government “is following the situation”.

There are currently around 100,000 Portuguese working in Angola, but only a fraction of this number is registered with the consulate.

Angola’s economy was plunged into deepening crisis at the beginning of the year when oil prices started to fall.

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