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Factsheet for measure PT-2022-10/2850 – measures in Portugal

Temporary protection

Proteção temporária

Country Portugal , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 March 2022 – 01 March 2024
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Protection of vulnerable groups (beyond employment support)
Author Paula Carrilho - CESIS
Measure added 13 September 2022 (updated 21 September 2022)

Background information

The Portuguese Government has approved a special measures package to host, protect and integrate people who fled Ukraine to Portugal, who have been granted temporary protection under the Resolution of the Council of Ministers 29-A/2022, of 1 March, amended by Resolution of the Council of Ministers 29-D/2022, of 11 March. The Decree-Law 24-B/2022 of 11 March lays down exceptional measures to grant temporary protection to displaced persons from Ukraine.

Content of measure

The temporary protection document is issued by the Portuguese authorities and seeks to promote swift and dignified integration. Beneficiaries of temporary protection have automatic access to the Tax Identification Number, Social Security number and National Health Service number, allowing immediate access to the various services and the labour market.

The temporary protection document is valid for one year and may be extended for two periods of six months.

It applies exclusively to citizens, foreigners or stateless persons, who wish to come or who are already in Portugal, displaced from Ukraine, as well as their relatives, given the impossibility of returning to Ukraine, due to the ongoing armed conflict, or to its country of origin.

The Service for Foreigners and Borders (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras - SEF) has created the platform that allows all Ukrainian citizens and their families, as well as any foreign citizens living in Ukraine, to make an online request for temporary protection.

Use of measure

According to the Diário de Notícias (Diário de Notícias, 11 April of 2022), since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) has granted 29,560 requests for temporary protection to Ukrainian citizens and foreign nationals residing in that country (35% of those are minors). Out of the total, 20,008 are women and 9,552 are men.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Migrants or refugees

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Public support service providers
No special funding required

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No involvement of any social partner organisation in the design, implementation and monitoring of the measure.

Views and reactions



  • 01 March 2022: Council of Ministers 29-A/2022, of 1 March (
  • 11 March 2022: Council of Ministers 29-D/2022, of 11 March (
  • 11 March 2022: Decree-Law 24-B/2022 of 11 March (
  • 11 April 2022: Diário de Noticias_11April2022_SEF grants requests for temporary protection to Ukrainian and foreign citizens (


Eurofound (2022), Temporary protection, measure PT-2022-10/2850 (measures in Portugal), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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