Number of Brazilians legalized in Portugal soars in 12 months

Keisy Lira, 37, is in Portugal since 2013

Keisy Lira, 37, is in Portugal since 2013

  |  Folha de S. Paulo

The total number of regularized foreigners increased threefold from 2017 to 2018.

The number of illegal aliens who were able to get legalized in Portugal last year increased by 385% compared to 2017. 16,500 residence permits were issued, as against 3,403 in the previous year.

Brazilians are by far the nationality that most benefited from regularization, according to the SEF (Foreigners and Borders Service), the body responsible for immigrants in Portugal. However, the exact figures segmented by nationality have not yet been disclosed. "These data already reflect the effort that the Foreigners and Borders Service has been making in the regularization of immigrants who are integrated into the Portuguese labor market," the institution said in a statement.

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