Population increases due to migration for fourth consecutive year.
According to Statistics Portugal (Instituto Nacional de Estatística) the country’s population has grown in size for the fourth consecutive year: the number of permanent immigrants (67 160) in 2020 surpassed the number permanent emigrants (25 886), leading to a positive migration balance of 41 274.
The Portuguese Foreigners and Borders Office (SEF) reported that until 15 October 2021, the main reasons for the granting of new residence permits to migrants in Portugal were professional activity, family reunification and study. New arrivals this year have mostly arrived from Brazil, with 32 574 Brazilians having obtained a residence permit in Portugal for the first time, followed by Indians (6 484), Italians (4 551), French (4 105) and Angolans (3 873).
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