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Factsheet for measure PT-2022-13/2842 – measures in Portugal

Student statute in an emergency situation for humanitarian reasons

Estatuto de estudante em situação de emergência por razões humanitárias

Country Portugal , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 25 March 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Access to childcare and education
Author Paula Carrilho - CESIS
Measure added 12 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.

Any person benefiting from temporary protection can apply for the student statute in an emergency situation for humanitarian reasons (Decree-Law 28-A/2022, of 25 March, amended by Decree-Law 30-D/2022 of 18 April and Decree-Law 42/2022 of 29 June).

Content of measure

Students under temporary protection who have applied to the student statute in an emergency situation for humanitarian reasons (Resolution of Council of Ministers 29-A/2022, of 1 March) may apply for registration and enrolment in a higher education establishment/course that is similar to the higher education establishment/course they were previously attending - i.e. a higher education course/establishment that has the same academic level and provides equivalent training.

Additionally, the admission of students benefiting from temporary protection is not subject to quantitative limitations resulting from the previous establishment of vacancies by the legally and statutorily competent entities or from the limit of vacancies or admissions established in accreditation procedures, and may occur in all study cycles, including the area of Medicine. The admission may be exempt from the verification of conditions already regulated by Decree-Law 36/2014, of 10 March, by decision of the legally and statutorily competent body of the higher education institution.

When the qualifications cannot be documented, the higher education institution may carry out alternative procedures for verifying these conditions, namely by resorting to the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees.

Use of measure

No information to date.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Students

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
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


Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      P - Education P85 Education

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 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 (
  • 25 March 2022: Decree-Law 28-A/2022, of 25 March (
  • 18 April 2022: Decree-Law 30-D/2022 of 18 April (
  • 29 June 2022: Decree-Law 42/2022 of 29 June (


Eurofound (2022), Student statute in an emergency situation for humanitarian reasons, measure PT-2022-13/2842 (measures in Portugal), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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