“In Portugal, we have the financial capacity, under the Asylum and Migration Fund managed by the Ministry of Internal Administration, to receive, with the current resources, people in the hundreds”, said Eduardo Cabrita.
Speaking to the Portuguese press in Brussels, at the end of a meeting of the interior ministers of the European Union (EU) on Afghanistan, he stated that it was "a matter of resource management", noting that "Portugal's priorities are defined" and they are based on receiving people from the most vulnerable groups, that is, “women, children, human rights activists and journalists”.
This is as long as “interest is expressed”, he added.
Hours after the Minister of the Presidency, Mariana Vieira da Silva, pointed out a total of around 400 people who could be welcomed in Portugal, Eduardo Cabrita even admitted “a little more than that”, but rejected setting quotas.
“The number of 50 [Afghan refugees] initially mentioned has already been surpassed,” he said.
The meeting of EU interior ministers took place on a “day to turn the page”, with the end of the US presence in Kabul, and when “18 people from three families” arrived in Portugal.
“With the group that arrived in Lisbon, we now have 84 Afghan citizens who, since last Friday, have been arriving in Portugal in various groups,” concluded Eduardo Cabrita.
Viva Portugal. When it comes to multicultural living, Portugal is second to none.
By Dr.Cajetan Coelho from Other on 04 Sep 2021, 04:55
Lots of room for the thousands of refugees created by the "overly smart" USA's self serving policies and unjustified wars! Meanwhile, native Portuguese and other European poor countries have no choice but continue to emigrate in droves! Go to the downtown of the main Portuguese cities, and you easily will find out what I'm writing about! Unrecognizable!
By Tony Fernandes from Other on 05 Sep 2021, 03:23
You are dead right Sir. But the Portuguese Government love the Yanks so no change.
By J from Lisbon on 05 Sep 2021, 13:42
Si le Portugal aidait d'abord ses propres ressortissants qui croulent dans la misère, ce ne serait pas une bonne idée?
Les Afghans peuvent attendre.....
By Miguel Scuermans from Algarve on 06 Sep 2021, 10:06
Et les portugais qui sont dans la misère qu'est ce que vous en faites?
By Miguel Scuermans from Algarve on 06 Sep 2021, 18:47