Researcher talks about “very differentiated” integration of Cape Verdeans in Portugal

Researcher talks about “very differentiated” integration of Cape Verdeans in Portugal
Researcher talks about “very differentiated” integration of Cape Verdeans in Portugal

Africa-Press – Cape verde. The researcher and professor at the University of Coimbra, Pedro Gois, considered today that the Cape Verdean community is going through a “very different” integration process in Portugal, but also in other European countries.

The consideration was made on the sidelines of its participation in the first international round table on Mapping the Diaspora in the World, within the scope of the Cape Verdean diaspora mapping project, which brings together Cape Verdean communities residing in Portugal and other European countries.

“The integration of Cape Verdeans in Portugal is very different. There are those who are completely integrated and feel like a national citizen, and there are those who are in the process of integration and still have some challenges ahead, which have a lot to do with their identity positioning, but also with the language they speak, with music. who hears, with the day-to-day experience between two cultures, which sometimes creates a difficult process, which is, they are still not quite Portuguese and they are not quite Cape Verdean anymore”, he explained.

According to Pedro Gois, when these Cape Verdeans go to Cape Verde they are Portuguese, which he considered a “difficult process to manage individually”, but he recalled that, generally speaking, the majority of Cape Verdeans, especially in recent years, have become become “invisible” in Portuguese society, which has finally realized that Cape Verdeans are “very close” culturally to the Portuguese reality, especially when compared to immigrants who are arriving more recently, who come from southeast India, or Bangladesh, or Pakistan.

“Invisible in the sense that they have integrated, they do not cause problems, we stopped thinking of them as an integration challenge and started consolidating integration, this in large groups. Because there are some cases that are less integrated, some young people from the outskirts of Lisbon, in particular, who have some more difficulty integrating socially as a whole and not necessarily into Portuguese society”, he clarified.

The researcher also highlighted that integration is not an immediate process, it takes time, reaching up to three generations, and when they integrate, they “probably disintegrate” from their country of origin and their ancestors, which creates a dilemma, which is, “if they are very well integrated in the destination country, perhaps they are no longer Cape Verdeans, if they are still Cape Verdeans, perhaps it is because they are not yet sufficiently integrated”.

Regarding the diaspora mapping project, the university professor considered that for these reasons there may be difficulties, “which are not insurmountable”, but which must be considered in the process, which is how to reach these people, how to make them feel that their cultural proximity to Cape Verde is important for their personal lives, reiterating that this is a “very different” process of integration into Europe in the Algarve, Lisbon, Rotterdam or Paris.

Therefore, he talks about creating “ambassadors for mapping” during this process, as he understands that the only possible way to reach the common citizen, those who do not listen to Cape Verde’s social media every day, but who through social networks social networks, it is possible, however, “social media influencers” are needed, in this case, ambassadors.

In June 2023, the Government approved the beginning of the process of mapping the Cape Verdean diaspora, giving INE the role of executing the project, with the aim of defining its profile, as part of the Cape Verdean population expatriated in more than 40 countries in the world, so that it is possible to evaluate and project their real living conditions and availability to strategically engage in the country’s development process.

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