Post-recession, Portugal experienced a brain and labor drain. This led the government to ease up their policy and invite immigrants to fill this gaping gap. In a win – win situation, immigrants used this opportunity as a way into Europe and get access to the coveted ‘Red Passport’. However, will their outsider status change with their citizenship? Can we create an inclusive society?
Walking along the touristic streets of Almada, I entered an Indian – Nepali – Portuguese restaurant. I spoke to the staff in Hindi and we were able to communicate on a personal level. As an Indian student studying in Europe, the immigrant staff and I shared very similar experiences despite having different backgrounds. This project aims to invite locals into this conversation and engage with this blend of the East and West.