Chinese Immigrant Communities in Portugal
However, Chinese Diaspora is relatively diverse in the country, reflecting the historical and economical context between Portugal and China. As such, economic migrants originating from Zhejiang (Eastern coast of China) are the most numerous group, followed by migrants from Macau (former Portuguese political region) and Mozambique (former Portuguese African colony). Moreover, in the context of the educational globalization occurred during the last years, a growing number of Chinese students are also marking presence in the country.
Having this in mind, the aim of this paper is to analyze the socio-demographic characteristics of Chinese migrant communities in Portugal using some the statistical data compiled by the Census 2011, and qualitative information (life stories) driven by in-depth interviews. This approach wishes to describe not only the different profiles of these four social groups according to their social, educational and professional characteristics, but also to frame the diversity of the Chinese community resident in the country on new emerging policies and new transnational mobility flows constrained by a wider European context.