Portugal has received nearly three thousand refugees in recent years

Portugal has received, in recent years, 2,807 foreign citizens under international programs for welcoming people, it was announced today by the Government, to mark the World Refugee Day.

This week, the country welcomed 31 citizens from Turkey, Egypt and Italy, bringing to 2,807 the total of foreign citizens received under different international programs, according to a joint press release from the Ministries of State and the Presidency, the Internal Administration and the Work, Solidarity and Social Security.

Thirty of them are refugees, eight from Turkey and 22 from Egypt, and were welcomed in different districts, including Braga, Bragança, Castelo Branco and Lisbon.

His arrival brings to 772 the total number of citizens received under the National Resettlement Program of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), benefiting from the Refugee Status granted by the Ministry of Internal Administration and the International Protection Status while they wait for the Refugee Residence Title.

Portugal is the sixth member state of the European Union that has received more refugees under the Relocation Program approved by Brussels, having received 1,550 refugees from Greece (1,190) and Italy (360) between December 2015 and April 2018 and distributed over 97 municipalities in the country.

At sea, Portuguese authorities have already rescued a total of 235 foreign citizens, who were welcomed in the country after being saved on the crossing from Africa to Europe.

Portugal has already taken in 105 unaccompanied minors in the context of their relocation, handled a hundred transfer processes of applicants for international protection and received 142 asylum seekers under the agreement between the EU and Turkey, between June 2016 and December 2017.

Portugal has given priority to the reception and integration of refugees.

Chairing the Council of the European Union this semester, he has supported proposals such as the New Pact for Migration and Asylum, to combat human trafficking and aid illegal immigration.

World Refugee Day was instituted in 2001 by the United Nations.

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