Number of foreign residents tops 500,000 for first time

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 15-01-2020 12:52:00 · 2 Comments

The number of foreign nationals living in Portugal last year exceeded 500,000 for the first time in the country’s history, the minister of internal administration announced in parliament on Wednesday.

"Preliminary data prompts me to say that in 2019, for the first time in our history, the barrier of half a million foreign citizens residing in Portugal has been overcome," Eduardo Cabrita said during the second stage of the debate on the draft state budget for 2020.

According to the minister, 580,000 foreign citizens were living in Portugal at the end of last year, up from 490,000 at the end of 2018.

The minister also stressed that the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) last year issued 135,000 new residence permits, up from 35,000 in 2015.

Portugal has traditionally been a country of emigration rather than one of immigration, but its membership of the European Union makes it attractive as a place to live for the nationals of some foreign countries, and a stronger economy has also helped attract more new arrivals in recent years.

The Socialist government has been clear about Portugal's need to attract immigrants, given the country's relatively low birth-rate and ageing population.


Any possibility this could be broken down by nationality, age group etc .... just curious.

By Tobias Hallidie from Lisbon on 15-01-2020 07:19

It shoud be bend to comming pepole if didn't close this system for years from government comming year the rate of unemployed will be increase many people will be on road due to lack of job

By Prabesh gyawali from Lisbon on 15-01-2020 04:21
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