The president-elect of Brazil, Luís Inácio Lula da Silva, appealed, this Saturday, to Brazilian immigrants in Portugal to return to the country, which “soon, soon” will be able to welcome them “with open arms”.
“Sometimes I feel sad when I see Brazilian men and women living in other countries because they cannot find opportunities to study or work in their country”, said Luís Inácio Lula da Silva.
Referring then that in the time he was President of Brazil, namely in 2007 and 2008, one thing he is proud of is that “many people who were outside Brazil returned […]because there were job opportunities and because people felt good”.
Now, Lula added, he wants the same thing to happen.
“I hope you start returning to Brazil”, he said, assuring that “soon, the country will be welcoming you with open arms”.
In a very emotional speech, Lula da Silva, who spoke this morning with 200 representatives of Brazilian immigrants in Portugal, also called for non-violence and thanked the vote of the “overwhelming majority” of the immigrant community in Portugal”, guaranteeing that he can only pay now “with gratitude”.
On his second and last day of his visit to Portugal, Lula da Silva had this meeting at ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa with 200 representatives of institutions representing the Brazilian community, from where he left directly for Figo Maduro airport, for the return flight to Brazil.
The purpose of this visit was to resume the relationship between Brazil and Portugal.
On Friday, the first day of his official visit to Lisbon, Lula da Silva met Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Prime Minister António Costa.
Lula da Silva, 77 years old, was elected on October 30, the date of the second round of the Brazilian presidential elections as President of Brazil, with 50.90% of the votes, defeating Jair Bolsonaro (extreme right), who obtained 49.10% , when 99.93% of polling stations were counted.
Lula da Silva, who has already served two terms between 2003 and 2011, will thus return to the Planalto Palace, in Brasília, after taking office on January 1, 2023.