On the Municipal Immigrant and Cultural Diversity Day, Portimão welcomed seven foreign children and young people as open portimonenses, granting the first residence permits to students of the municipality who were in an irregular situation.
The ceremony was held yesterday in the noble hall of Paços do Concelho with the presence of the Assistant Secretary of State and Internal Administration, Isabel Oneto.
Arthur Lago, Bernardo Lima, Júlia Lima, Carlos Gomes, of Brazilian nationality, and Andreia, Christian and Sabrina Cretu brothers of Moldovan nationality were the first children and young immigrants, students of the Bemposta School Grouping and the Júdice Fialho Schools Grouping which, as part of the "SEF goes to School" program, became full Portuguese citizens and "being part of the Portimonese family" as stated by Isilda Gomes, Mayor of Portimão.
Portimão is the first municipality in the Algarve to see residence permits issued under the "SEF goes to School", which, integrated in the Plan of Action of the Local Security Agreement of this Municipality, in the Intervention-Promotion of Citizenship axis, it is proposed to carry out a diagnosis of the foreign student elementary and secondary education of the various Groupings of the county and promote its documentary regularization.
"Soon 18 more residence permits will be delivered," said Isilda Gomes, Mayor of Portimão, and the aim is that the 111 situations diagnosed with children and young people in a school context in the municipality may be regularized.
"Portimão is an excellent example of a city that welcomes and integrates. Portimão is an inclusive municipality, "said the Assistant Secretary of State and Internal Administration, Isabel Oneto.
The Mayor of Portimão took the opportunity to request the renewal of the CLS for another year, rejoicing in the "work of proximity that the technicians of the local authority have been developing".