Children of immigrants living for a year may be Portuguese in law to vote on Thursday

in News · 20-07-2020 18:47:00 · 7 Comments

Parliament votes on Thursday on changes to the nationality law made by the left-wing parties, which allow the children of immigrants living in Portugal for a year to be Portuguese, and right-wing parties have already announced being against this measure.

The discussion of the changes was made in a working group of the parliamentary committee on Constitutional Affairs in recent months, coordinated by the former minister and PS deputy Constança Urbano de Sousa, who made an indicative vote and which is discussed in the committee, on Tuesday.

The agreed final text was based on two bills, from the People-Animals-Nature Party (PAN) and from the PCP, approved in general on 12 December 2019. The diploma of the Left Block (BE) was not accepted and the Joacine Katar Moreira's project, then at Livre, was unsuccessful.

In May, Constança Urbano de Sousa explained to Lusa that the proposal to reach consensus allows that "the children of legal immigrants - who have a residence permit or who have taken up residence for at least one year - who were born in Portugal can be Portuguese".

BE proposed that nationality should be given to children born in Portugal, even if the parents are foreigners and do not reside in the country.

The PCP, in its original project, proposed that Portuguese citizens "those born in Portugal, provided that one of their parents, being a foreigner, is resident in the country", regardless of title or length of residence.

The PS, which did not have its own project, presented proposals of change in the PCP diploma and proposed Portuguese nationality to children of foreigners since, "at the time of birth, one of the parents legally resides in Portuguese territory, or resides here, regardless of title, at least a year ago ".

Under current law, originally from 1981 and amended in 2018, that period is now two years, which the Socialists intend to reduce to one.

The reduction of this period was explained by the former minister in this way: "It is the temporal criterion used by the United Nations and the European Union to distinguish immigration from other movements of people or tourists, people on business visits or on short stays. "

Consensus also had the proposal by the non-registered deputy Joacine Katar Moreira (ex-Livre) and PAN to expand access to naturalization to people born in Portugal after April 25, 1974 and before the entry into force of the nationality law, in 1981.

It is a historical problem to solve the situation of people who, on April 25, 1974, were deprived of Portuguese nationality, by decree 308/75, for not living in Portugal for five years.

Some of them have been regularizing their situation, through various channels, such as marriage, but there are still an undetermined number of citizens in this situation.

On the right wing, PSD and CDS have already announced that they will vote against legal changes, claiming the Social Democrats that the country already has of the "most generous in Europe and with recent changes" legislation, while the centrists argue that the changes "devalue nationality" Portuguese "and the" blood connection to Portugal "criterion.

The left-wing parties voted, for the most part, for changes in the working group, for proposals to change the law, which indicates a majority vote.

In recent weeks, a debate has arisen over the possibility of “tightening” the rules for granting Portuguese nationality to descendants of Sephardic Jews, expelled in the 15th century, and which is granted almost automatically by a law unanimously approved in 2013 by the Assembly of the Republic.

First, the PS proposed that candidates for nationality should have at least two years of residence in the country, which led to criticism from historical socialist leaders and the Israeli community.

Then, in May, he withdrew the proposal, maintaining the more general reference to the requirement to connect candidates to Portugal. In July, he withdrew the second proposal, referring to the Government the regulation regarding the granting of nationality.


When it comes to immigration, there is nothing worse than crybabies that move to " better" countries, and then complain when others want to do so. (Michel needs a new country.) "We are all people of the world" because we can't help but bring our nationalism with us when we move to another country, but we blend in. If you don't like the mix, move to a totalitarian country.

By William from Other on 22-07-2020 10:45

Portugal -like Italy and Spain- faces a grim future as a low birth rate and emigration cause the number of taxpayers to decline. At the same time the proportion of older, sicker, less productive citizens increases. These countries risk becoming underfunded old people’s homes. Visit the aldeãs if you want to see it: derelict houses, newspaper for a tablecloth, three kilometre walk to the shop. The only answer is immigration, but the very people who need the help, the old, vote against it. A tragedy in the making.

By Dirk Scott from Lisbon on 22-07-2020 09:36

Why should non Portugeuse have more rights than Portugeuse by blood? Those immigrants in Portugal are there only for financial gain or to escape the tragedy of their homelands they are not in Portugal out of choice or love of the country, they are there to gain something while nationals have to go without, wake up before its to late, Portugal is being colonised without a shot.!!!.

By Joao Carlos Bastos from Other on 21-07-2020 03:38

Sephardic Jews expelled in the 15th century get automatic nationality?
How many other people (who are now all DEAD) who left Portugal (whatever historical reason) are not given such a red carpet.
Xenophobic? Racist? There are Gypsy Communities in Portugal who are housed and treated worse than animals - where is their red carpet?
If Portuguese Politics is about correcting historical mistakes - anyone for Slavery Investigation?
Let it go. Nationalism exists,,,, but it's bs if you think about it. Albert Einstein thought about it, and some claim him to be a jew.

A Portuguese Baker told me last year... We are all people of the World! I think he is a genius.

Love Steve.
I love freedom of speech and equality...... don't you?

By Love Steve from Alentejo on 21-07-2020 07:57

my baby born here in Portugal

By Jaspreet singh from Lisbon on 21-07-2020 07:51

"indicative (or indicative)"? This is pathetic writing!

By Andrew Sandler from USA on 21-07-2020 02:01

Vous faites une erreur HISTORIQUE en faisant cela....protégez vos citoyens ç'est ça le devoir du gouvernement!En votant cette loi vous mettez le futur de la sécurité des portugais en DANGER!
Les socialistes font du clientélisme avec les immigrés comme ils l'ont fait en France, en Belgique avec les catastrophes que cela a provoqués!

By Michel Schuermans from Algarve on 20-07-2020 07:11
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