More immigrants, more citizens: new figures on Portugal

I thought to quickly comment on two articles published this week following statistical releases: Firstly, Israel has entered the Top 3 of access to Portuguese citizenship last year! And, secondly, Portugal sees a demographic growth for the first time in a decade, and this, due to immigration.

Portugal has given out 180,000 “favourable answers” to citizenship demands in 2019, that is 50,000 more than the year before! After Brazil and Cape Verde, Israel comes third with 25,000 demands based on the Law of Return for Sephardic Jews, that is 14% of the total. Demands may even rise this year, since the Parliament is discussing the possibility to restrict the access to citizenship to those who can prove two years of residence in Portugal.

Regarding demographic growth, the Instituto Nacional de Estatística (INE) has released the Estimativas da População Residente em Portugal 2019, showing that immigration has enabled the country to overcome a negative natural growth (Portuguese natality rate is 1.42%, and the population is getting older, with 163 elderly for each 100 youth). Between 2018 and 2019, Portugal gained 19,292 people and registered a positive net migration rate. Which regions seem to benefit from it more? Lisbon’s area, and the north.

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