The number of sephardi Jews that applied for Portuguese citizenship increased 1000% since 2015, with 713 citizenships granted. This data, provided by the Ministry of Justice, has been calculated since March 2015 when the legislation came into force.

Besides the approved applications, there are 385 applications waiting for the final approval and 7701 in analysis.

“The average number of applications increased 991.4%”, and the monthly average increased from 46.6 in 2015 to 462 in 2017. From these applications, only one has been denied by the Instituto dos Registos e do Notariado (IRN).

In total, the authorities received 8,800 applications from sepharadi Jews. Out of the 714 applications finalized, 713 were approved and one was denied. This corresponds to one tenth of the applications submitted.

466 citizenship applications were submitted in 2015, a monthly average of 46.6. 5,100 applications were submitted in 2016, with a monthly average of 425. In the first seven months of 2017, 3,234 applications were submitted, with a monthly average of 462. This is an increase of almost 1000% from 2015.

By country of origin, most of these applications come from Israel, Turkey, Argentine and Morocco.

This granting of citizenship is based on a change made to the Law of Citizenship (1981), approved in April 2013 by the PSD-CDS government, with the new statute approved in 2014 and its regulation published in February 2015.

“I would not like to say that it is about a historic reparation because I understand that in this issue there is no possibility of repairing of what has been done”, stated the then Minister of Justice Paula Teixeira da Cruz, adding that: “I would say it is about granting rights.”

Translated from the original in Portuguese found here

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