Allein auf weiter Flur

Im Hinterland Portugals hat die Abwanderung brutal zugeschlagen. Letzte Lebenszeichen aus Agrações und Póvoa de Agrações, wo noch weniger als ein Dutzend Bewohner die Stellung halten.

A donkey stays inside a pen in Povoa de Agracoes near Chaves, Portugal, April 18, 2016. In the villages of Agracoes and Povoa de Agracoe, the steady drip-drip of emigration has brought down population numbers from more than 50 residents to fewer than a dozen each. These remaining villagers share the same glum acceptance that, after they have gone, their villages will die out too. It is the same desolate picture in scores of other backwater settlements in Portugal's interior, north to south. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante SEARCH "ABANDONED PORTUGAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES

Ganz Ohr: Ein neugieriger Esel linst über eine Mauer, als er den fremden Fotografen wahrnimmt.

Die Einwohner der benachbarten Orte Agrações und Póvoa de Agrações im portugiesischen Kreis Chaves teilen die traurige Gewissheit, dass ihre Heimat dem Untergang geweiht ist. Die Einwohnerzahlen sinken durch die Abwanderung stetig und sind aktuell bei unter einem Dutzend angelangt. Was fehlt, sind Zuzüger, die das Dorf beleben und die Infrastrukturen unterhalten. Mit diesem Schicksal sind sie nicht alleine, es ist ein verbreitetes Phänomen im Hinterland Portugals.

Zulmira Jesus poses for a portrait at a street in Povoa de Agracoes, near Chaves, Portugal April 19, 2016. In the villages of Agracoes and Povoa de Agracoe the steady drip-drip of emigration has brought down population numbers from more than 50 residents to fewer than a dozen each. These remaining villagers share the same glum acceptance that, after they have gone, their villages will die out too. It is the same desolate picture in scores of other backwater settlements in Portugal's interior, north to south. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante SEARCH "ABANDONED PORTUGAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Zulmira Jesus ist eine der letzten Bewohnerinnen von Póvoa de Agrações.

A dog sleeps at a street in Povoa de Agracoes, near Chaves, Portugal April 18, 2016. In the villages of Agracoes and Povoa de Agracoe the steady drip-drip of emigration has brought down population numbers from more than 50 residents to fewer than a dozen each. These remaining villagers share the same glum acceptance that, after they have gone, their villages will die out too. It is the same desolate picture in scores of other backwater settlements in Portugal's interior, north to south. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante SEARCH "ABANDONED PORTUGAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES

Mensch, ärgere mich nicht: Hunde könnten kaum ungestörter schlafen als in diesen Strassen.

The remains of an abandoned house are seen in Agracoes near Chaves, Portugal, April 18, 2016. In the villages of Agracoes and Povoa de Agracoe, the steady drip-drip of emigration has brought down population numbers from more than 50 residents to fewer than a dozen each. These remaining villagers share the same glum acceptance that, after they have gone, their villages will die out too. It is the same desolate picture in scores of other backwater settlements in Portugal's interior, north to south. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante SEARCH "ABANDONED PORTUGAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES

Zurück zur Natur: Verwitterte Ruine in Agrações.

The interior of an abandoned house is seen in Agracoes, near Chaves, Portugal April 18, 2016. In the villages of Agracoes and Povoa de Agracoe the steady drip-drip of emigration has brought down population numbers from more than 50 residents to fewer than a dozen each. These remaining villagers share the same glum acceptance that, after they have gone, their villages will die out too. It is the same desolate picture in scores of other backwater settlements in Portugal's interior, north to south. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante SEARCH "ABANDONED PORTUGAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Kalte Küche: In einem weiteren verlassenen Haus am 18. April 2016.

Fernando rests on a sofa inside his house in Povoa de Agracoes, near Chaves, Portugal April 19, 2016. In the villages of Agracoes and Povoa de Agracoe the steady drip-drip of emigration has brought down population numbers from more than 50 residents to fewer than a dozen each. These remaining villagers share the same glum acceptance that, after they have gone, their villages will die out too. It is the same desolate picture in scores of other backwater settlements in Portugal's interior, north to south. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante SEARCH "ABANDONED PORTUGAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES

Ende Feuer: Fernando, einer der wenigen Bewohner von Agrações …

Maria Fontes poses for a portrait inside her house in Agracoes, near Chaves, Portugal April 18, 2016. In the villages of Agracoes and Povoa de Agracoe the steady drip-drip of emigration has brought down population numbers from more than 50 residents to fewer than a dozen each. These remaining villagers share the same glum acceptance that, after they have gone, their villages will die out too. It is the same desolate picture in scores of other backwater settlements in Portugal's interior, north to south. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante SEARCH "ABANDONED PORTUGAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES

… und seine Nachbarin Maria Fontes wärmen sich auf.

Antonio Fontes rides a donkey near Agracoes, near Chaves, Portugal April 19, 2016. In the villages of Agracoes and Povoa de Agracoe, the steady drip-drip of emigration has brought down population numbers from more than 50 residents to fewer than a dozen each. These remaining villagers share the same glum acceptance that, after they have gone, their villages will die out too. It is the same desolate picture in scores of other backwater settlements in Portugal's interior, north to south. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante SEARCH "ABANDONED PORTUGAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES

Arbeitstiere und treue Begleiter: Esel sind aus Portugals Hinterland nicht wegzudenken.

An abandoned goalpost is seen on the outskirts of Povoa de Agracoes, near Chaves, Portugal April 19, 2016. In the villages of Agracoes and Povoa de Agracoe the steady drip-drip of emigration has brought down population numbers from more than 50 residents to fewer than a dozen each. These remaining villagers share the same glum acceptance that, after they have gone, their villages will die out too. It is the same desolate picture in scores of other backwater settlements in Portugal's interior, north to south. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante SEARCH "ABANDONED PORTUGAL" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES

Triste Nachspielzeit: Der ehemalige Sportplatz von Póvoa de Agrações am 19. April 2016. Fotos: Rafael Marchante (Reuters)