Immigrants who have been sentenced to more than a year in prison will no longer able to renew their residency permit in Portugal as new law comes into effect.
Portugal has published a new law blocking the renewal of residency permits for immigrants sentenced to more than one year in prison.
Published in official gazette Diário da República yesterday, the law will come into effect within 30 days but it is being contested by human rights groups.
Activist organisation SOS Racismo said today that it “categorically”opposed the new law and described it as a step backwards from the protection of basic freedoms and guarantees.
In a statement, the organisation said the law was a “legal aberration” and a flagrant example of “institutional discrimination, social and racial stigmatisation, and the criminalisation and persecution of immigrants”.