BITTER HOME

We often hear that Lisbon is becoming cool and trendy for tourists. The counter-effect is that many locals can no longer find accommodation and are sometimes evicted from their homes. Lisboners are multiplying protests to say stop.

 

With salaries at €600, rents in the city centre are becoming unaffordable and some are forced to move to the outskirts. Portugal's economic upturn benefits only some. Soon (and already in some neighbourhoods), tourists will discover a city emptied of its inhabitants. As in Barcelona or Berlin, AirbnB platforms are being blamed and gentrification is having a devastating effect on the locals.

 

This is the B-side of the "Portuguese miracle".

 

This series follows the work of an association that organises radical actions to alert public opinion and defends and assists the expellees.

© Sabri Benalycherif, 2020