Nearly 700,000 foreigners live in Portugal and 30% are Brazilians – Atualidade

“In 2021, therefore, for the sixth consecutive year, there was an increase in the resident foreign population, with an increase of 5.6% compared to 2020, totaling 698,887 foreign citizens with residence permits, the highest value recorded by the SEF, since its creation in 1976”, indicates the report on immigration, borders and asylum (RIFA), to which the Lusa agency had access.

The RIFA notes that the context of the covid-19 pandemic has caused “a deceleration in the increase of the foreign resident population, in line with what happened in 2020”, despite the maintenance of population growth. foreign resident over the period between 2015 and 2021 (plus 310,156).

According to the SEF, Brazilians remain the main foreign community residing in the country, accounting for 29.8% of the total last year, the highest figure since 2012.

The document claims that at the end of last year, 204,694 Brazilians lived in Portugal, and the community in Brazil was also the one that grew the most in 2021 (11.3%) compared to 2020.

The RIFA states that the United Kingdom maintains its position compared to 2020 despite the 9.3% drop, being the second most representative foreign nationality in Portugal.

At the end of 2020, 204,694 Brazilians lived in Portugal, followed by citizens of the United Kingdom (41,932), Cape Verde (34,093), Italy (30,819), India (30,251), Romania (28,911), Ukraine (27,195), France (26,719), Angola (25,802) and China (22,782).

“The sustained growth of foreign citizens from European Union countries confirms the particular impact of the attractiveness factors already mentioned in previous years, such as the perception of Portugal as a safe country, as well as the tax advantages deriving from the non-habitual residents,” he points out.

RIFA also highlights the growth of natives of India, which climbs four positions, now occupying fifth place, overtaking France, China, Ukraine and Romania, as well as Italy, which is in fourth position, “confirming the growth that has been observed in recent years”.

Immigrants reside mainly on the coast, with 68% registered in the districts of Lisbon, Faro and Setúbal, totaling 466,779 resident citizens, compared to 450,074 in 2019.

RIFA reports that there has been an increase in the number of foreigners living in the Viana do Castelo neighborhood and, on the other hand, there has been a decrease in Bragança, pointing out that in terms of areas of residence there there were increases in Lisbon, Vale do Tejo and Alentejo with an increase of 9.8% following increases in Setúbal, Beja and Santarém.

Regarding the migratory flow, the SEF indicates that the downward trend in new bonds issued (111,311) continues, with a decrease of 5.8% compared to 2020, “confirming the impact of the covid-19 pandemic, already observable in 2020”.

Most of the new titles were also awarded to Brazilians (39,456), followed by Indians (7,407) and Italians (5,302).

“The most relevant reasons for granting new residence permits were professional activity (35,886), family reunification (20,718) and studies (10,919)”, reads the RIFA, highlighting “the strong preponderance professional activity among nationalities from Asia”.

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