Articles on Portuguese Citizenship for Sephardic Jews

The acquisition of the Portuguese nationality will be eased for Sephardic minors

Summary translation from the original in Portuguese found here Changes in the Nationality Law were approved by a Council of Ministers on Thursday 20 April 2017. The acquisition of Portuguese nationality will be facilitated to minors descending from Sephardic Jews expelled from Portugal in the fifteenth and sixteenth century. The decree will enter in force […]

The Jewish community is leaving Erdogan’s Turkey

Translation form the original in French found here. The Jewish community is leaving Turkey slowly, but surely. This religious minority is worried by the increase of violence and by the hardening of the regime. One third of its members have already begun the process of becoming Israeli citizens, but also Portuguese and Spanish. These are […]

Portugal begins granting citizenship to Sephardic Jews – Lisbon approves first 3 of 200 applications from descendants of Jews expelled centuries ago

The Justice Ministry said Tuesday that on Oct. 2 it approved the first three of more than 200 applications it has received so far. The other applications are still being processed following a law that began in March. Seeking to make amends for past wrongdoing, both Portugal and Spain adopted laws this year allowing citizenship […]

The law

Ministry of Justice  Decree-law n. º 30 – A/2015 February 27th Sephardic Jews are hereby designated as Jews who descend from the ancient and traditional Jewish communities of the Iberian Peninsula. The presence of those communities in the Iberian Peninsula is very old, even preceding the formation of the Christian Iberian kingdoms, as it happened […]