From file: A general view showing people going about their daily lives in Lisbon, Portugal | Photo: Mario Cruz / Archive / EPA
From file: A general view showing people going about their daily lives in Lisbon, Portugal | Photo: Mario Cruz / Archive / EPA

Portugal, faced with a lack of manpower in the tourism and construction sectors, has modified its "foreigners' law" to facilitate immigration, including provisions for "digital nomads."

Portugal is faced with a lack of manpower in the tourism and construction sectors; to try and remedy this situation, the country decided to modify its "foreigners' law" in order to facilitate immigration.

The new law includes provisions specifically designed for so-called "digital nomads, [mainly young people who work in jobs which can be done remotely from anywhere in the world, often in the tech, lifestyle, arts, tourism and journalism / communication sectors]."

The new law was signed into effect on August 4

The new law on immigration, passed by parliament in July, provides for a 120-day temporary visa that can be extended for 60 days for foreigners seeking work.

It will also facilitate formalities for visas for "digital nomads," who work online.

The law was passed on July 21, mainly due to votes from the Socialist party, which holds the majority in parliament, and the leftist opposition.

'Portugal needs immigrants'

"Portugal needs immigrants, [due to its] demographics, economy, and culture," said the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ana Catarina Mendes.

This simplification of immigration procedures was already the focus of an internal agreement among the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) to facilitate the circulation of workers and students between member states including Brazil and former Portuguese colonies in Africa.

The modification of the law on immigration is expected to especially benefit the tourism sector, one of the worst hit by the lack of manpower in Portugal, as is the case in other European countries.

 

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