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Brexit - Customs and Immigration to hire an additional 132 agents

in News · 07-03-2019 10:07:00 · 0 Comments

Portugal’s SEF Immigration Office is to hire an additional 132 agents as a contingency measure against any problems Brexit might bring at the country’s borders. 

Brexit - Customs and Immigration to hire an additional 132 agents

According to a decree published earlier in the week, 4.25 million euros have been set aside for automatic controls at borders along with new software.


An additional 800,000 euros will be channelled towards the capturing of biometric data and the issue of residence cards.


Meanwhile, Lusa News Agency confirmed that the Portugal Contingency Plan to “minimise the economic consequences of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union” came into force on Monday.


The plan provides 50 million euros to support companies, in addition to 5 million euros to reinforce border control.
The Portuguese government has set up measures to help “economic agents, companies, investors and the tourism sector”, officials were quoted as saying,


The first measure is a €50 million Support Line for companies exposed to the British market, which “may be reinforced depending on demand”.


The plan also creates a financial incentive, within the Portugal 2020 programme, to support small and medium sized enterprises, along with information sessions all over the country.


Moreover, the Portuguese Tourism Institute will set up an online service to help British tourists and companies and will also develop a marketing campaign to promote Portugal in the UK.


On the other hand, Portugal’s government wants “to protect the rights of the Portuguese living in the UK and the British living in Portugal”


The second part of Contingency Plan establishes a €5 million investment for the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service (SEF), which is going to hire 132 more officers and buy new border control equipment.


SEF will start setting up new biometric data collection stations, as well as updating the automatic border control equipment.
The Portuguese authorities want to guarantee an adequate response to the increase of citizens in border control offices.


“This plan aims to reduce the need for additional procedures, namely the ones forecast in Schengen Borders Law, to control the arrival and departure of British citizens”, the government explained.


SEF officers will also be working to grant residence permits to all the British citizens who are already living in Portugal.

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