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CEsA Contemporary migrations

Contemporary migrations

This line of research has two dimensions: the first centres on contemporary migrations and the diasporas originating in the Portuguese-speaking countries of Africa (PALOPs) and Timor; and the second covers migrations originating in Portugal, their destination being African countries, understood as phenomena that unroll along the lines of the theoretical concept known as transnationalism.

Contemporary migrations

The studies on contemporary migrations take as their starting point the conviction that transnational dynamics have a great potential for the development of both the country of origin and the host country, as well as for relations between them. There is one project that has been concluded and is the subject of a book already published “Arquitectos de um espaço transnacional lusófono – a diáspora guineense em Portugal”, financed by the Fundação Portugal-África (Portugal Africa Foundation), with the scientific coordination of Carlos Sangreman. The main author is Maria João Carreiro, who holds a Master’s in Sociology, and is a young researcher with CESA. She is doing her doctoral thesis at ISEG on the basis of this research. This field also led to a proposal from the International Organisation for Migration for a broader study of this particular diaspora, covering both Portugal and France, entitled Assessment of Development potential of the Guinea-Bissau Diaspora in Portugal and France. The project (coordinated by Carlos Sangreman, João Estevão, Alexandre Abreu, Maria João Carreiro and Fernando Sousa Júnior) was concluded in October 2012, with publication in Portuguese and French in an IOM collection. Additional data from field studies which were part of the project, carried out in France, Portugal and Guiné-Bissau, have been made available for research by CESA.
CESA was invited by the ACP Observatory of the IOM to undertake supervision of the scientific aspect of the research project “Impacto da migração interna sobre o desenvolvimento humano em Timor-Leste”. This started in March 2012, and was carried out over a seven-month period by a team of researchers from Portugal and the Universidade de Timor-Leste (East Timor University). The final work will provide a contribution to improving the structure of the programme and the policies needed to study the patterns of internal migration in East Timor, with special focus on urban planning and issues related to health in migration. The research aims at analysing not only the impact of domestic migration at the destination itself, especially in urban areas, but also its social, cultural and human impact (Carlos Sangreman).

Migration from Portugal to the Portuguese-speaking African countries

The first research in this field was started this year and relates to Portuguese migration to Angola over the last ten years. The project is sponsored by the Fundação Portugal-África, and includes interviews in Luanda, Cabinda, Benguela and Huambo and an on-line questionnaire for companies working in Angola.