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A situation of precariousness surrounds the Goans in the UK who are employed in some kind of commerce activities or services on the basis of their Portuguese passports

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September 3, 2016: Following United Kingdom’s narrow but a remarkable exit from the European Union, the Goan Diaspora fear a doubtful and uncertain future in the UK.

There are over a million Indians who live in the UK and according to a research conducted by Oxford University, Portugal is currently the biggest access into Britain for the migrants from outside the Union. Many immigrants who were born outside EU are working in Britain with a Portuguese passport as discovered in the first half of the year 2015.

Among these, about 20,000 people are Goan Indians and the rest of the population is comprised of people from Portuguese settlements, Brazil and Angola. As the Portugal Nationality law states, anyone who was born in the colonies established by the Portuguese (which includes Goa, Daman and Diu) before the process of salvation on December 19, 1961, can claim their Portugal Nationality.

Portugal is still a member of the Union and therefore this allows the Goans to settle in the rest of the 28 member countries of EU. Further, the settlement process requires their registered births and marriages in Portugal.

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The Goans have been moving to the other parts of the world since a very long time due to financial reasons and a considerable number of Goans have settled in UK and now have a good network of similar people out there. This is the reason why the exit of Britain from the European Union has raised a lot of questions and a feeling of agitation with regards to the further settlement of the Goan diaspora residing there.

A situation of precariousness surrounds the Goans in the UK who are employed in some kind of commerce activities or services on the basis of their Portuguese passports. Since Britain was a part of the Union, the Goans were free to move from one country to the other within the EU and hence they settled easily in the UK.

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After Brexit, the Goan community is alarmed of their immigration stature of being altered as per the regulations. Even though the whole procedure of Britain’s exit from the European Union is not a short one and is going to take a span of almost two years and till then the Goan community can feel free and continue to stay normally without any fear. But, the Brexit is ought to happen officially and that day might bring a surge of tension for those who hold Portuguese passport and are residing in the UK.

The ones holding Portuguese nationality status will still be considered a part of the European Union and will be able to move liberally among the other countries but settling again in a new country by overcoming the language obstructions, differences in culture, alien lifestyle and most importantly the employment opportunities is not an easy task.

The Goans who have just got their passports or those who are stuck in the complex process of getting one are going to suffer the most as the amount of uncertainty about them moving to some other country is high; also they there is a possibility that they have spent a lot of money in the process already. But, only time will tell whether the steps were taken by the Portuguese and Indian government in order to help the Goans will be fruitful or not.

The Goan diaspora in UK has always been an unorthodox and peaceful community and they have moved to places for better economic possibilities and employment conditions. Their emigration should not be taken or judged as something anti-national as from India’s point of view and the help must be provided soon from both the governments.

– by Arya Sharan of NewsGram. Twitter: NoOffense9

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What is Essential and What Isn’t? Here is the Answer

How essential are these 'non-essentials' in govt list

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What and how essential are 'essentials' that are not listed in the government's list of essentials in Uttar Pradesh? Pixabay

What and how essential are ‘essentials’ that are not listed in the government’s list of essentials in Uttar Pradesh? This is the latest news.

Online stores that are doing home delivery of essentials in the state are restricting themselves to flour, pulses, rice, and cooking oil while daily use items like toothpaste, soaps, detergents, biscuits, diapers, candles, mosquito repellant, tea are not in the list.

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“We have run out of toothpaste and the online stores do not show this as a shopping option. Two websites have put up the ‘not available’ sign on toothpastes. When we called up the store, they said that they are delivering only essentials till the lockdown is lifted. Now how do we manage without toothpaste? We will have to rub salt on teeth perhaps,” said Renu Saxena, homemaker from Prayagraj.

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Most of the essential items like diapers and shampoos are supplied from states other than UP and in view of the national lockdown. Pixabay

Most of the small grocery stores that cater to a particular locality have run out of items like detergents, mosquito repellants, tea, candles and batteries.

R.K. Agarwal, a grocery store owner in Indira Nagar in Lucknow, explained,

“Transportation of goods is a major problem in the lockdown. We are concentrating on supply of essential food items and the government is also focusing on this. Candles, mosquito repellents and diapers are not the priority right now.”

Neena, a student of Banaras Hindu University who is living in a paying guest accommodation in Sigra area, has run out of sanitary pads.

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“The medical stores in my area have sold out sanitary pads and the shopkeepers say that the supply chain has been affected and they are not getting supplies,” she said.

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Online stores that are doing home delivery of essential items in the state are restricting themselves to flour, pulses, rice, and cooking oil. Pixabay

Most of the stores have also run out of diapers and baby food which is a cause of concern for young mothers.

Navina Uttam, a cancer survivor, has been prescribed a gluten-free diet but is unable to get gluten free flour like bajra and ragi.

“My store tells me that bajra and ragi are not on their priority. I showed my doctor’s prescription to the helpline people but they simply expressed their helplessness,” she said.

Meanwhile, Rajendra Gupta, general secretary of UP Udyog Vypar Mandal admitted that the ‘essential’ list did not include items that could be termed ‘essential’.

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‘Most of the items like diapers and shampoos are supplied from states other than UP and in view of the national lockdown, the supply chain has been affected. We are in constant touch with concerned officials on the issue but the fact is to first ensure the availability of basic food items,” he said. (IANS)