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June 7, 2024

Portugal announces new action plan for Migration approved by the Council of Ministers

On 3 June 2024, the Portuguese government announced a new action plan to address the delays at the Agency for Integration, Migration and Asylum (AIMA), which currently has over 400,000 pending applications in process. Among other initiatives, it published Decree-Law No. 37-A/2024, which introduces substantial amendments to the "Entry, Stay, Exit and Removal of Foreign Citizens from National Territory Law" (commonly referred to as the Portuguese Immigration Law). Considering the significant backlog that AIMA is currently experiencing, combined with lack of staff, the Agency now has over 400,000 pending processes that require analysis and decision. Recognizing the impact of these delays on the lives of thousands of immigrants, the Portuguese government published Decree-Law No. 37-A/2024 on 3 June 2024 and elaborated an action plan with 41 initiatives to address these constraints and improve the immigration situation in Portugal.

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

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