Coronavirus: Portugal to treat migrants as residents during pandemic

Independent: Coronavirus: Portugal to treat migrants as residents during pandemic

They will be free to use country’s health service, welfare system, bank accounts, and work and rental contracts

All migrants and asylum seekers currently living in Portugal are to be treated as permanent residents during the coronavirus crisis, the government has announced.

The changes, announced on Saturday, will ensure foreigners who are still in the middle of applying for official documentation can still access life-saving public services.

They will need only to provide evidence of an ongoing residency request before they can use the country’s health service, welfare system, bank accounts, and work and rental contracts….