We at the Lisbon Project aim to serve anyone who might need help after arriving to Lisbon. Depending on what is needed, we are there to simply offer a smile, solicit legal advice on asylum policies, help to find economic opportunities in the city. Everyone’s individual story is a central piece of information to us: who are they? What do they need? What are they looking for in Lisbon? What and who do they love? How can we help them?
At the same time, millions of their stories converge into a broader trend of global movement of people, in particular the part of it that is often motivated by difficult decisions and hope for better lives. In search of safety or a better life, people arrive to Lisbon and countless other destinations selected by a mix of predetermined choices and circumstances.
That said, migration of people does not affect the migrants alone! Just as their lives can be changed by a decision to leave home, they too influence their new communities, neighbors and friends that they make in their new destinations. In one way or another, whether we ever moved homes or not, we’re all influenced by migration, at least by having a friend from afar.
This blog is an attempt at an ambitious task, to put widely known facts related to migration and refugees in context, to give them a human face and to offer a some knowledge, a piece of fresh information to anyone who wants to learn more about the topic. We will share insights from the global situation, developments in Portugal, share our own activities and introduce ourselves and friends of the Lisbon Project.
This blog is for you, since by reading this you show that you care about the topic so close to our heart! Feel free to grow it with us by asking questions, leaving comments or simply circulating the message. Thank you for your visit and we hope you will stay with us through this journey.