Importance of the Madeiran diaspora

Mayor praises role of emigrants.

Mayor talking about the Madeiran diaspora

JM reports that the Mayor of Funchal, Miguel Silva Gouveia, was present yesterday afternoon at Avenida do Mar, in the company of the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, for the start of the Celebrations of the Day of Portugal, of Camões and of the Portuguese Communities, which takes place this year in the city of Funchal. The first moment of the commemoration program was the traditional deposition of a Wreath of Flowers at the Monumento ao Emigrante Madeirense (video below).

On the sidelines of the ceremony, Miguel Silva Gouveia praised the role of Madeiran emigrants: “It is a great honor for Funchal and for Madeira to receive, this year, the Celebrations of the Day of Portugal, by Camões and by the Portuguese Communities, and we couldn’t have started in a better way, fulfilling our annual tribute to the Madeiran Diaspora around the world. Our emigrant community is inseparable from the regional identity and wherever there is a Madeiran, Funchal will always be. These celebrations are therefore an honor and a joy, all over the globe.”

Madeiran dream

The Mayor stressed that “Funchal will live up to the historical significance of this moment and the national and international visibility that these commemorations assume for Portugal”, recalling that the city is currently carrying out another aggregating project in the context national, involving the archipelago, the diaspora and the European outermost regions, in this case Funchal’s candidacy for European Capital of Culture in 2027. “Under the motto «Beyond the map, a city of encounters», the oldest Atlantic city wants to continue to inaugurate paths and be the first outermost city to deserve the title of European Capital of Culture. We count on all Madeirans heading towards this dream, wherever they may be, and events like this prepare us for this goal”, concluded the President.

The Program for the Commemorations of the Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities is the responsibility of the Presidency of the Republic, and will run from the 8th to the 10th of June, comprising, from tomorrow, the following main events: Military Ceremony of the Raising of the National Flag; Armed Forces Initiative; Portugal Day Commemorative Reception; Military Ceremony; and Military Ceremony of Arriar of the National Flag.

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3 thoughts on “Importance of the Madeiran diaspora”

    • I think it may be due to the horrendous poverty that there was in Portugal and the islands until many years after the return of democracy in the 1970s. One way to get away from it was to go to countries like South Africa for the mines, Venezuela for the oil industry etc.


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