Well this an old new (2005) but I decided to post it to show how living abroad can be tough for immigrants no matter where they're from.In 2005 the Canadian government deported several portuguese families that have been in the country for 7 years, and some of them with 10, 15 years of living abroad: they had honest jobs and paid the taxes contribuiting for the productivity and the GDP of Canada. They had all their family living there, their house, friends, their pets and their cars. What happened is that after all that years some of the portuguese people had not being accepeted by the immigration services so they were not legal although they had jobs, children born in Canada and studying at canadian schools so most part of that kids not even knew how to speak well portuguese. They were honest people, some of them were volunteers in the comunity, they never had committed any crimes or public disorders. But after all that years they received a letter and in a period of a week they had to return to Portugal without having time to sell their homes and cars, basically they left all there and get back to Portugal without anything.
Some of that portuguese people asked for legalization but is was always denied so to be legal they claimed for refugee status which makes no sense at all since we have no civil war and Portugal is the one of the safer places in the world.
I know they were illegal and they were not refugees at all, saying that is trying to deceive the canadian state and is a very lame excuse I know, but what makes me mad about this is why they took 7, 10, 15 years to decide to deport them? and then just left them a week to move out?
This video is a video done by an opposition party against the deportion of portuguese workers with very irony:
I never had no interest in move to Canada let's be clear, but still,I don't like when other countries banish my people who have always been honest and peaceful.
But the same way several people in Portugal are waiting for too many years to be legal and work here. And we still being one of the countries that gives the biggest amount of nationalities to foreign people!
I think a country should deport the people that commit crimes, do robberies there or prostitue themselves.
There's almost no cases of a rowdy portugueses abroad because portuguese immigrants are hard workers, respectful and honest.
Also you can see by what happens in Switzerland, Luxembourg and France, the portuguese are a very potent work force to that countries and helped to build a strong economy by working and paying taxes.
What if the canadian government sent back Nelly Furtado's family after all that years living in Canada?
After all Nelly Furtado was born in Canada but all her family were portuguese and there were sent back young kids that were born in Canada too! That's right you would never be proud of saying: "Nelly Furtado is canadian!" (well, supposing you are Nelly's friend...I am :D).
|Nelly furtado is a luso descending that was born in Canada|
This kind of things trully disgust me, and I remeber my dad (who receieved several job offers abroad) saying: "you can move, you can run, you can try to forget but you will never ever feel as good as you feel here, there's no place like your country!".
Dorothy of the Wizard of Oz said that too in the movie: "there's no place like home!".
And after all, despite of all that I say the truth is that I don't know how is the world outwards but I see it has not to be excessively better. To be honest, the more I know the world out there, the more I like Portugal!
There's no place like home and after all my home is awesome!
In December of 2011, another family of ten portuguese members was sent back with nothing after being 11 years in Canada working. They never lived from state subsidies and always worked in honest jobs. Anyway after 10 years of being illegal, although working, they were all sent back. That family tried everything to stay in Canada but their request of legalization was always denied. I've been hearing people saying that Canada doesn't want people from abroad there ( even honest and hard working people as it seem), which shows they're a bit xenophobic, and after all why are they like that (attention there is no excuse for being xenophobic)? they have no identity as a country! Please, their head of state is Queen Elizabeth from England and they still being a constitutional monarchy populated by people from everywhere expect the native ones who were almost exterminated (the indians of course).
I wish the deported families the best wishes to start all over again in a place where they can ever be deported (they're country)...or as I heard them saying because of the unemployment very high in Portugal they can return to Canada and be legal there. For you to have an idea that families are having the support from their canadian bosses to return, they really must to be hard working people. Wish them good luck!