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50 Jahre Anwerbeabkommen mit Portugal © Annette Oefner / Pressestelle des Senats

50-year anniversary of labour agreement with Portugal

In early June, Hamburg was the official venue for the nationwide celebrations of the 50-year anniversary of a labour treatment signed between Germany and Portugal to recruit workers from Portugal to come and fill some of the country's jobs.

Originally labelled “guest workers,” many found a permanent home in Hamburg, and their children have grown up here and particularly left their impact in the Portuguese quarter of the Hanseatic city near the port, today a premium destination for Portuguese dining.

On occasion of the 50-year anniversary of the treaty, Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz said at the Senate’s reception. “I’m glad about as Hamburg’s trans-national traditions, and we are very fortunate to find so much of Portugal here in Hamburg. I am very pleased that the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg was chosen by the Portuguese government as the location of the official celebrations for the Portugal Day and the 50th anniversary of the Portuguese Communities in Germany, “emphasised Scholz. And continued: “In the meantime, there are more Portuguese citzens living in Hamburg than anywhere else in Germany. The Portuguese community comprises more than 9,000 men and women, who have moved to Hamburg since the 1950s, married, and saw their children grow up in Hamburg.”

Many offers for a successful start

First Mayor Scholz underlined the many offers by the city to help migrants restart their lives in Hamburg: “The Hamburg Welcome Center, the integration centers in all districts, and the Zentrale Anlaufstelle as central point of contact facilitate the start of a new life in Hamburg. The programme “Make it in Hamburg” supports trainees before leaving their home country to learn the German language, and continues to offer support when living in Germany. “

Naturalisation made easy

Scholz also appealed to them to apply for the German citizenship: “EU foreigners may retain the nationality of their country of origin when naturalised in Germany – many of our migrants in Hamburg just do just that and have both the Portuguese and German citizenship.”

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