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Merkel Staff

Migrants Given Full Citizenship By Portuguese Government During Coronavirus Pandemic

31 March 2020

Portugal’s ministers recently announced a decision to grant migrants as well as asylum seekers the same rights as its citizens, albeit temporarily.

Until June 30, the Portuguese policy will call for foreigners to be given the same privileges as its citizens during this difficult period; which will also include access to the same medical treatment as Portuguese citizens.

Having already declared a state of emergency on March 18 the nation’s government believes that this is the most ideal manner in which it can reduce the potential negative impact that the coronavirus could have on the entire country.

The Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatovic, expressed her approval of  the decision made by the Portuguese government on Friday stating via Twitter, “(It is) a good practice to protect vulnerable people and society in response to the pandemic.”

The European nation currently has 6,408 cases of coronavirus, with 140 deaths and 43 recoveries, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

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