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November 22, 2022

About 55,000 International Workers Interested to Live & Work in

Nearly 55,000 international workers have expressed their interest in living and working in Portugal, through the Instituto do Emprego e Formação Profissional (IEFP) page designed for the same purpose.

The data has been provided by Portugal’s Minister of Labour, Solidarity, and Social Security, Ana Mendes Godinho, according to the Portugal News, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

The Minister stressed that up to this point, nearly 55,000 workers have expressed their interest in working in Portugal through the IEFP.

Mendes Godinho stressed the huge evolution since 2015 in terms of international workers who declare remuneration to Social Security, which indicates that in 2015 as of 110,000 international people contributed to the Social Security system, while in 2022 the number increased to 530,000, according to the Portugal News.

The government of Portugal is attempting to find new ways in order to bring to the country a large number of internationals to live and work in Portugal and fill in the gaps noted in many industries, which were mainly caused by the restrictions imposed to halt the spread of the Coronavirus and its new variants.

Last month, authorities in Portugal introduced a new visa regime which permits migrants to reach Portugal in order to work and stay in this country for a period of 120 days, with the possibility to extend by 60 days more compared to previous rules.

Local media in Portugal announced that such changes were introduced in order to attract a large number of internationals.

Back in September, authorities in Portugal announced that citizens of eight Portuguese-speaking countries will be eligible to move to Portugal in an easier way after the country decided to facilitate the visa rules in many industries.

According to the announcement made back then by the government, it was reported all people from these Portuguese-speaking countries engaged in fields such as Information and Communications Technology, administrative service and accommodation services would benefit the most from these changes.

The decision was taken by Portugal’s Council of Ministers on September 1, when they agreed to apply new changes to the law that defines the procedures and well as conditions of entry, departure and removal of internationals from the territory of Portugal.

“The amendments approved today promote mobility and freedom of movement within the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP), allowing the implementation of the Agreement on Mobility between the CPLP Member States,” the government pointed out in a statement.

The data provided previously by Eurostat stressed that in July the unemployment rate in Portugal was 5.9 per cent.