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Logistics and Emigrational Cycles

Portugal is one of the European countries that are known for open policies towards migrants. In fact, Portugal is actively inviting migrants from Portuguese speaking African countries, as confirmed by the Prime Minister Antonia Costa at a party conference in May 2018. And true to that dedication, the country offered safe harbor for the rescue ship Lifeline even after Italy refused to assist the migrants from North Africa. While other European countries are struggling to curb the influx of migrants, Portugal’s socialist government is working hard to make itself an attractive migration destination.

The Open Borders, Open Arms Policy

Since 2015, Portugal has increasingly offered a home to an excess of 4,600 immigrants, far more than obligated to, through the emergency relocation scheme. The people offer as much support as they can to the people, which include clothing and homes. 

The government of Portugal offers each migrant a monthly stipend of about USD 177 and 18 months free housing as well as access to language classes to make integration into the community easier. 

Why Portugal Embraces Immigrants

One of the most important elements of the current government’s political programs is to revive the dwindling population. The Prime Minister, Costa, has made this a priority as all the systems and welcome packages are meant to increase the number of people willing to move into Portugal. Thi helps to take advantage of the emigrational cycles to boost Portuguese population.

According to studies used by the government, this European country needs a minimum of about 75,000 new residents annually just to maintain a stable working population. The working population in the country is only slightly above the 10 million mark, which is not nearly adequate.

Portugal suffered greatly in the 3 years that followed the 2011 recession as more than 300,000 of their skilled workers (mainly graduates) left in search of greener pastures. This resulted to a brain drain from Portugal.Over time, the reverse traditional migration patterns have only grown in numbers, with Portuguese nationals moving from their country to the country’s former colonies as well as other areas. Whether moving to and from Portugal, these patterns pose a challenge to the government.

However, even with the new laws legalizing entry into the country, many immigrants do not have work permits. This means that despite new arrivals, the work force is still not growing as many immigrants are not authorized to work. In 2017, however, this European country registered a positive migration balance. This refers to the difference between those leaving and those entering Portugal. The country is working hard towards attracting professionals in the numbers of immigrants it allows into the country. 

Portugal’s Labor Force

Authorities have issued residency permits to more people as the years go by. For instance, according to the country’s border police report, in 2017 authorities issued about 61,400 (a 31% increase) more residency permits from the number issued in 2016. The country has also registered growth in tourism and real estate, thanks to favorable foreign investments.

Residency Requirements for Moving To Portugal

For non-EU residents, a temporary visit to Portugal does not require much; a passport whose validity is at least 6 months after your intended stay and sometimes proof of return tickets. For EU members, a National Identification card is sufficient.

For those planning on a longer stay, a temporary residence permit, whose validity is renewed annually, is sufficient. You may need to provide proof of health, income, insurance, studies etc. to qualify. One can apply for permanent residency after 5 consecutive temporary resident certificates are issued. Permanent residence certificates are issued by Foreigners and Borders Service. It is advisable to book an appointment with them when you need their services.

Housing Options in Portugal

One of the major concerns of moving into a new place is the hassle of looking for housing facilities, and Portugal is no exception. The usual questions trouble the mind; which is the best location, property, financing option? This European country offers a variety of housing options; condominiums, flats, apartments, private houses and villas. Any of these properties can be rented out for any period of time, from 1 week. It is advisable to contact the landlord when you available to actually view the property.

You can get accommodation facilities through long term or short term lease. Short term rentals are pretty easy to find, and mostly last up to a month. Long term rentals for those seeking accommodation for 6 months and above are not as easily advertised as the short term options. As such, you may need to ask around or employ the services of a housing agent to help you look for the property you feel best suits your needs.

Once you have identified the perfect accommodation facility, it is time to pack up and move. You will be pleasantly surprised to know that there are professional movers such as Movecorp who will help move from any part of the world to Portugal. You can decide to have your valuables transported by road, flight or ship depending on your budget and location. 

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