The Venezuelan migration to the EU is not a recent issue, but the recent riots against Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro, have increased the numbers. According to the Deutsche Welle, 4695 Venezuelans have asked to move to the EU in one year only…and they all moved to the Iberian Peninsula.
Whether they are asking for food, shelter, peace or medicines, the migrants are leaving behind all they have in their loved country in order to have a new and better life in Europe.
If the Spanish language makes them choose Spain to start all over again, the Portuguese roots are making them travel back to Madeira Island, where in the 50’s many Portuguese left the country for the same reasons to live in Venezuela.
It is History repeating itself and now it is time for Portugal to help back. “In just six months we have more than 700 unemployed from Venezuela”, said Rubina Leal, from the Social Issues department in Madeira, to Observador. The Social Issues department spokesperson also considered that this is a situation the country has to “worry about” and urged to the need to “find solutions and strategies to absorb this new reality” into Madeira’s market.
The Venezuelan community in Madeira, along with other people from the Island, have already created an Association called Venecom in order to help the migrants to be integrated in the Portuguese society:
“Many of them don’t know basic things like how to put their kids in the Portuguese school, how to get a house or a job, and other documentation related to health care, for example”, reported Ana Cristina Monteiro, Venecom’s President.
The Association is currently trying to gather more sponsors and protocols in order to increase its capacity. The Venecom’s next goal, after helping all the migrants, is to develop the cultural exchange within the Madeira Island and to promote Portuguese and Spanish classes.