Mothers and fathers, husbands and wives: the story of thousands of immigrants waiting in Portugal to reunite their families
The Portuguese Government's promise to open family reunification processes before the end of the year is creating expectations among thousaread more
Anti-immigration movements in Portugal increasingly organized
ISCTE researcher denies that there is a widespread xenophobic feeling in Portugal against Brazilians, but admits that the episodes have increased.read more
President of the Republic promulgates increase in the minimum wage to 820 euros in 2024
This is "the largest increase in the minimum guaranteed monthly salary ever seen", says the statement.read more
Automatic renwals are open for Resident Permits expiring till December 31st, 2023
Email update: Last email received is March 19, 2022
Biometric Date (2nd email0 : March 16, 2022
Portugal, a popular destination for migrants
Portugal is a southern European country on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Spain. With warm climate, good food, and high quality services, Portugal is a popular destination for migrants. Immigrants are 6.5% of the total population. Many immigrants live in major cities such as Lisbon, Faro, Setubal, and Porto. The largest immigrant community is from Brazil, a former Portuguese colony with migrants from United Kingdom comes as the second largest community in Portugal. You will also find many Chinese and Europeans, especially those from the Ukraine and France. A large number of people also belong to Indian sub-continent countries ie Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Nepal.
Brazilians are the most common foreign nation. The Brazilian population of 183,993 is 1.78% of the total population. Other important foreign communities (other than natural-born citizens) are those from other parts of the Lusosphere. By 2020 there were 95,459 people from PALOP countries (Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé and Principe, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde) and from Timor-Leste and Macau, accounting for 0.92% of the total population.
The number of foreign nationals from Ukraine (28,629), Romania (30,052), Moldova (5,183) and Bulgaria (6,745) has declined slightly since 2011; there have been many natural Portuguese citizens with these lands; respectively: 27,211 Ukrainians, 5,680 Romanians, 18,335 Moldovans and 936 Bulgarians have been Portuguese citizens from 2008 to 2019.
In addition, there is a thriving population of people from the Indian subcontinent (mainly Indians and Nepali) who add up to 61,978 people or 0.6% of the population.
In recent years, many British, Italian, French, German, Spanish, and Dutch settlers have settled in Portugal.
Portuguese Immigration System
Immigration programs in Portugal are similar to other states of EU. As an EU citizen, you are free to travel and Portugal is part of the Schengen Area whereas, non-EU migrants can move to Portugal for work, study, join a family, or retire if they meet certain conditions set by Portuguese government. The quickest option is the Golden Visa program, which aims to attract immigrants with investment in the country.
According to its UN migration management profile, Portugal allows for better access to housing, welfare, and educational services even though it lacks in other areas such as political rights, for example, foreign nationals are unable to vote in local elections.
The Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service (SEF - Service de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras) handles migration to Portugal.
SIS - Schengen Information System 2023.
The Schengen Information System (SIS) is a vital tool used by European Union (EU) countries to maintain internal security, border management, and law enforcement cooperation. The system allows for the sharing of real-time information between participating countries regarding wanted individuals, stolen property, and other relevant data. As we approach 2023, it is important to examine how the SIS has evolved and its importance in maintaining security in the EU.
About Portugal Immigration News
Portugal Immigration News is a popular forum by migrants living in Portugal. This is a part of many other social media channels, being actively maintained in order to help migrants. This forum is for everyone, no matter who you are and where do you live. We will try our best to provide best available information to your queries. No one will be judged on any grounds. We will keep members updated with latest SEF Announcements and Policies at our social media channels listed below:
Join our Facebook Group for daily updates: Click Here
- Facebook Group: https://fb.com/groups/portugalimmigrationnews
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/SheikhVlogsVision
- TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@portugalimmigrationnews
- instaGram: https://instagram.com/portugal.immigration.news/
Disclaimer: This is a non-profit website. We do not ask any person for any payment whatsoever. We do not have any office/legal establishment. The comments expressed in the group/channel regarding immigration issues in the Portugal should be considered as individual opinion only (maybe from their past experience) not as regulated advice. The administrators or member of this group do not indemnify of any losses incurred as a result. If anybody needs legal advice regarding their immigration matter, she/he should contact regulated law firms in Portugal.