Report on immigration, borders and asylum (RIFA 2016) (Inoffizielle Übersetzung)
Relatório de Imigração, Fronteiras e Asilo 2016 (Original language title)
The number of foreigners living in Portugal increased by 2.3% between 2015 and 2016, reaching almost 400,000 and reversing the downward trend observed since 2010. Brazilians, with a total of 81,251 citizens, remain the main foreign community living in Portugal. They are followed by Cape Verdeans (36,578), Ukrainians (34,490) and Chinese (22,503). Most are part of the working population and 68.6% live in the districts of Lisbon (173,118), Faro (63,481) and Setúbal (36,175).
The 2016 report of the Foreigners and Borders Office (RIFA 2016) also shows a 24% increase in the granting of new residence permits, totalling 46,921 new residents. 1,172 first residence permits were issued to investors and 1,836 to their family members. In addition, 104 refugee status were granted to citizens of African and Asian countries last year and 267 residence permits were granted on humanitarian grounds, mostly to nationals of European countries (191). Portugal's response to the European Agenda on Migration was achieved through a commitment to foster the reception and integration of 4,574 international protection applicants and refugees in 2 years. In this context and until the end of 2016, Portugal received and welcomed 781 international protection applicants from Italy and Greece.