This Wednesday marks the Municipal Immigrant and Cultural Diversity Day. In Portimão, at 4:00 p.m., the first seven residence permits will be handed out to the migrant children and youths, students of the Bemposta School Groups and the Júdice Fialho Schools Group, which will be covered by the project "SEF will to the School "at a ceremony presided over by the Assistant Secretary of State and Internal Administration, Isabel Oneto.
Portimão is the first municipality in the Algarve to see residence permits issued under the "SEF goes to School", which is part of the Local Security Contract, and is an intervention program for documentary regularization of irregular foreign minors who attend the official school in Portugal counting for the purpose with the joint action of the SEF.
The ceremony for the delivery of residence permits is the culmination of a process that began in February, when, at the request of the SEF, the DGEST began by surveying cases of children and young people who, despite being part of schools in the municipality had no updated documentation, no residence permit or renewal, or certificates or residence cards from the European Union.
According to the information sent by the DGEST to the SEF, at the beginning of the year there were 290 registrations of foreign students in Portimão, 111 of which corresponded to minors who were irregular.
At this moment, 7 cases of children and young people inserted in a school context are already in the stage of issuing a residence permit, which will be delivered as part of the Ceremony of the Municipal Immigrant Day and scheduled Cultural Diversity, and all other processes are awaiting analysis or scheduling in the SEF.
By the end of September this year, which is expected to end the Local Security Contract of Portimão, "it is intended that the total of situations verified with children and young people in school context may be regularized", says the municipality.