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We are advancing at an ever faster pace towards the transformation of the Portuguese people.

Last week, amid some important news and completely irrelevant topics that fill the national media agenda, census figures were released confirming the accelerated change of the Portuguese people.

This is a well-known and expected scenario. Warnings have been issued for over thirty years, and this topic has been discussed sporadically.

No government that has served in the three previous decades can claim ignorance of this issue.

Our people are aging, the proportion of older people is almost twice the proportion of young people, that is, we are rapidly approaching the ratio of 2 older people to 1 young person.

Serious about this indicator is the population’s inherent inability to naturally reverse this path from the aging of the intended parents, namely the declining number of women of childbearing age.

In addition, the aggravation of the decline in the production potential of the country’s population and the growth of tension are caused by the increasing drop in the costs of the non-production population for production.

The world population of Portugal has also declined by more than two hundred thousand inhabitants, in the last decade alone.

Personally, I am not so worried about the decrease in the number of Portuguese inhabitants in Portugal, as it would be quite possible to imagine a model of society that is economically and socially balanced, with much fewer people.

And given this scenario, what is the immediate reaction of many of our politicians and even experts in this field. Immigration, of course.

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A country that has failed over the past thirty years to develop a strategy and policy that could successfully tackle the problem of generational change will no doubt try to hastily combine a set of measures that seek to rectify the situation. As a bad example, there is nothing better than the recent attempt to destroy the only organization with any ability to manage structured immigration processes.

Most of our governments, influenced by certain prejudices of some left-wing political forces, have always opposed the development of effective policies to promote childbirth, as if it meant attacking women’s rights or promoting a conservative view of society.

The economic model prevailing in Portugal does not help either. An economy with a weak business sector, in which companies in poor financial condition thrive, with a public sector such as the private sector that has experienced effective wage cuts, in which motherhood and fatherhood are viewed by many as a financial burden and inconvenience to operations, this is not creates a favorable environment for the necessary change in the situation.

The solution to the problem of immigration is now highlighted in an almost irresponsible way.

Some on the left, based on an assumed multiculturalism thesis that only masks the complexity of structured thinking about effective solutions, advocate a kind of liberalization of population flows as the simplest solution.

Coincidentally or not, the media presents us with news and programs that highlight successful examples of the integration of immigrants into our society.

I don’t understand how new this is.

Portugal and its people are historically practical proof of mixed marriages and intersecting cultures. As a people, we have many and varied ethnic and even religious backgrounds. While it is true that historically we have not always been tolerant of this diversity, the truth is that we have all come to this point together. Portuguese citizens of all stripes and shapes.

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In recent years, for example, we have witnessed the success in sports that the combined impact of immigration, Portuguese diaspora and Portuguese-speaking backgrounds has allowed us to achieve.

It is important to repeat all this one more time so that once and for all the issue of the negative balance of generations can be discussed freely, without awkward kiosks of political correctness.

On the other hand, it is important to remember that for every successful immigration story, there are many more complex ones.

Obviously, there can be no single path solution to this equation.

It is important to develop strategies and policies once and for all on health, labor, social, financial and tax policies and policies to support childbearing, but it is also important to have an organized, fair and reasonable immigration policy.

Portugal must be able to maintain and even strengthen its “genetic code” as a hospitable and integrating country. This requires promoting a structured model for attracting immigrants, relying on careful selection based on the needs of our economy. Not so much from the point of view of the needs of the current economic model as from the point of view of how we want to see our future economic model.

The last thing I want as a citizen is for our current labor needs to continue and worsen the current economic model based on low skills, low wages and job insecurity. A situation that, unfortunately, given the numerous cases reported in agriculture, civil engineering and other sectors, seems to be emerging.

A country like ours, with the experience of our diaspora, cannot simply repeat with others what happened to our country.

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It is important to be aware that current immigrants will in many cases become part of the Portuguese citizens of the future.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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