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Government in solidarity with protests by migrant citizens against delays in residence permits

The Office of the Minister of the Presidency considers that "the degradation of the migratory situation has been worsening over the last few months".

The Government stated, this Thursday, that it was following the protest by citizens of Bangladesh, Pakistan and India at the door of the Agency for Migration and Asylum Interaction , in Lisbon, to complain about delays in the attribution of residence authorization cards.

The government adds that, given the dismemberment of the SEF by the previous socialist executive, “hundreds of thousands of cases relating to migrant citizens are pending decision and there are serious difficulties in the functioning of the control, inspection, reception and integration system”.

This position issued in a statement by the office of the Minister of the Presidency, which oversees migration, follows a gathering this morning of around 100 people, mainly citizens of Bangladesh, Pakistan and India at the Agency for Integration, Migration and Asylum (AIMA), in Lisbon, to complain about the delays in the granting of residence authorization cards.

Minister António Leitão Amaro states, quoted in the same statement, that “this evolution and assessment” carried out in the two weeks since this Government took office, “confirms previous diagnoses regarding the incorrectness of previous political and institutional options and their execution, particularly regarding the process of extinguishing the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) and the implementation of AIMA”.

The government adds that, given the dismemberment of the SEF by the previous socialist executive, “hundreds of thousands of cases relating to migrant citizens are pending decision and there are serious difficulties in the functioning of the control, inspection, reception and integration system”.

The minister also states that he is monitoring the situation, in contact with various authorities.

Today's gathering in front of the AIMA headquarters began at around 10:30 am and a representative of these citizens explained to journalists that the discontent has mainly to do with the waiting time, which in some cases exceeds nine months, to obtain the renewal of the residence permit.

Full text of statement issued by the Governement after the immigrants protest in Lisbon

https://www.portugal.gov.pt/pt/gc24/comunicacao/comunicado?i=f

2024-04-18 at 2:47 pm

Evolution of the migratory situation

The Government, having become aware of the existence of a protest taking place in front of the premises of the Agency for Integration, Migrations and Asylum (AIMA), in Lisbon, comes:

 

1. Note the deterioration of the migratory situation that has been worsening over the last few months, both from a humanistic perspective of the reception and regularization conditions for foreign citizens who intend to work and reside in national territory, and from the operationality of the control and inspection system;

 

2. Note that this evolution and the assessment carried out in the two weeks since this Government took office, confirm previous diagnoses regarding the incorrectness of previous political and institutional options and their execution, particularly regarding the process of abolishing the Foreigners Service and Borders (SEF) and the implementation of AIMA. Hundreds of thousands of cases relating to migrant citizens are pending decision and there are serious difficulties in the functioning of the control, inspection, reception and integration system;

 

3. Inform that you are monitoring the situation, in contact with various authorities.

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