Thanks to Portugal’s Socialist government, the one country which was not a popular destination for Muslim migrant-wannabes, has decided to grant all asylum seekers and migrants full citizenship rights, giving them access to the country’s healthcare and social security system during the Chinavirus pandemic.
Voice of Europe (h/t Linda R) On Friday, the country’s Council of Ministers announced the action would “unequivocally guarantee the rights of all the foreign citizens” with pending applications submitted at the Portuguese immigration office until June 30th, Euronews reports.
The move, which grants asylum seekers and migrants access to welfare benefits, bank accounts, the national health service, as well as work and rental contracts, was taken to “reduce the risks for public health”, the Council of Ministers explained.
CNN The move will “unequivocally guarantee the rights of all the foreign citizens” with applications pending with Portuguese immigration, meaning they are “in a situation of regular permanence in National Territory,” until June 30, the Portuguese Council of Ministers said on Friday.
The Portuguese Council of Ministers explained that the decision was taken to “reduce the risks for public health” of maintaining the current scheduling of appointments at the immigration office, for both the border agents and the migrants and asylum seekers.
President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa called the Covid-19 pandemic “a true war,” which would bring true challenges to the country’s “way of life and economy.”
Portugal has has 6,408 cases of coronavirus, with 140 deaths and 43 recovered, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.