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Factsheet for measure PT-2022-10/2850 – measures in Portugal
|Country||Portugal , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 March 2022 – 01 March 2024|
|Context||War in Ukraine|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
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)|
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.
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 SEFforUkraine.sef.pt 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.
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.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||
Migrants or refugees
Public support service providers
No special funding required
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 of any social partner organisation in the design, implementation and monitoring of the measure.
Eurofound (2022), Temporary protection, measure PT-2022-10/2850 (measures in Portugal), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/PT-2022-10_2850.html
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