Until this Tuesday, Portugal granted more than 42,000 temporary protections to people who fled the war in Ukraine and communicated to the Public Ministry the situation of 731 children who arrived in the country without their parents, indicated the SEF.
According to the latest update made by the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF), since the beginning of the war, on February 24, Portugal has granted 42,151 temporary protections to Ukrainian citizens and foreigners residing in Ukraine, 26,620 of which to women and 15,531 men. .
The SEF adds that the largest number of temporary protections granted continues to be in Lisbon (7,646), Cascais (2,635), Porto (1,630), Sintra (1,495) and Albufeira (1,168).
The SEF also indicates that it issued 37,881 certificates granting residence permits under the temporary protection regime.
This certificate, issued after the National Health Service, Social Security and Tax Authority have assigned the respective numbers, is necessary for refugees to start working and access support.
The SEF also adds that requests for temporary protection were authorized for 12,743 minors, representing about 30% of the total.
The SEF also reveals that it communicated to the Public Prosecutor (MP) the situation of 731 Ukrainian minors who arrived in Portugal without their parents or legal representatives, cases in which it is considered that there is no “current or imminent danger”.
In these situations, in which in most cases the child arrived in Portugal with a family member, the case is communicated to the MP for the appointment of a legal representative and eventual promotion of a process for the protection of the child.
The SEF also communicated to the Commission for the Protection of Children and Young People the situation of 15 minors who arrived in Portugal unaccompanied, but with someone other than their parents or a proven legal representative, representing these cases “current or imminent danger”.
The request for temporary protection to Portugal can be made through that ‘online’ platform created by the SEF available in three languages, it is not necessary for adults to use the counters of this security service.
However, in the case of minors, it is mandatory to go to a Foreigners and Borders Service desk to confirm identity and affiliation.
In the early hours of February 24, Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine, which has already killed more than 4,300 civilians and forced more than 7.2 million people to flee abroad, according to UN data, which stresses that the real numbers can be much superior.
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