Portugal: The new empire

Torre de Belém (© Miquel Fabre)

Portugal has been redefining its international profile in recent years: as a member within the European community…as the host country to the new Community of Portuguese-Speaking countries, the CPLP…and, as home to people from all corners of the former empire. From Brazil, five African states, Goa and East Timor, people have come to join the Portuguese on their native soil. Also present and struggling to make ends meet, Portugal’s oldest minority, the gypsies. 

The EXPO ’98 exhibition later this year is an event which has set Lisbon drilling and hammering and some city residents scurrying for new homes. It means everyone is in search of a new identity.

Producer: Martha Hawley

Broadcast: March 27, 1998