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March 31, 2023

Portugal's Immigration and Border staff announce strike from April 5

On March 27, the unions representing the inspectors and administrative staff of the Immigration and Border Services (SEF) announced that they will go on strike in the first week of April 2023. The Union of Employees of the SEF (i.e., SINSEF), which includes the SEF’s administrative staff, announced a two-day strike on April 5 and 6. The Research and Inspection Career Union (SCIF), which includes the SEF’s inspectors, is expected to go on strike from April 6 to 10. In November 2021, the Portuguese parliament announced that the SEF would be disbanded, and its last operational day would be March 31, 2023. Following the disbandment, some of the SEF’s workforce is expected to be integrated into a new public entity called the Portuguese Agency for Immigration and Asylum (APMA), and the rest into the Portuguese police and Registrar Services. The SEF’s unions are currently negotiating with the Ministry of Internal Affairs regarding the integration of their workforce into these three entities.

A Tax Alert prepared by EY's People Advisory Services group, and attached below, provides additional details.


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