PORTUGAL: Return of the Colonials

The first TAP Airline jumbo jets begin arriving at Lisbon's Portela de Sacavém International Airport at 7:55 in the morning. By 10 o'clock customs and immigration offices are overflowing: upper-middle-class professional men with their well-dressed families "on holiday," civil servants "on extended leave," students looking for places at Lisbon University, shopkeepers, farmers, nuns, Asians, mulattoes and frightened old people. Pushing a cart piled high with 14 suitcases and carrying a bicycle, João Tudo Bern, a civil servant from the Angolan capital of Luanda expressed the prevailing sentiment: "I have six months vacation now, but I will go back and...

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