Foreigners living in Portugal passed the 500,000 marks last year "for the first time in the History" of the country, according to information released by the Minister of Internal Administration, Eduardo Cabrita, in Parliament. According to the governor, 580,000 foreign citizens lived in Portugal at the end of 2019 and in 2018 that number stood at 490,000.
"Preliminary data lead us to say that in 2019, for the first time in our history, the barrier of half a million foreign citizens residing in Portugal is overcome," said the minister, quoted by Lusa, as part of the discussion on the State Budget for 2020 (OE2020).
Eduardo Cabrita also stressed that the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) has increased from 35,000 to 135,000 new residence permits, comparing 2015 to 2019, and intends to develop more legal immigration agreements, which include expanding the SEF's network.
In the EO2020 it is also planned to increase the validity of residence permits from one to two years and renewals from two to three years.
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