All Algarve municipalities have already received Ukrainian refugees [with infographics]

Along with Lisbon, Cascais, Sintra and Porto, Albufeira is even in the top five municipalities with the most requests

48 days after the start of the war, all the Algarve municipalities received Ukrainian refugees, according to data from the Foreigners and Borders Service sent to the Sul Informação. In total, the SEF has already granted, in the region, 4279 requests for protection to refugees who arrived in the Algarve. 

Of these 4279, 2942 were made by women, which is equivalent to 69%.

There were only 1337 male individuals making this request for protection, the majority being children and young people up to 17 years of age.

This is due to the fact that, in Ukraine, martial law prevents men aged between 18 and 60 from leaving the country in order to fight the Russian army.

Analyzing the numbers, Albufeira is, by far, the municipality where there were, in the region, the largest number of requests: a total of 925.

Along with Lisbon, Cascais, Sintra and Porto, Albufeira is even in the top five municipalities with the most requests.

In the Algarve, after Albufeira, Portimão is the municipality that welcomed the most Ukrainian refugees: 801. Loulé follows with 743.

Interestingly, Faro, district capital, only appears in fourth position.

Since the beginning of the war, 437 requests for temporary protection have been granted by the SEF to Ukrainian citizens or foreigners residing in that country who arrived in Faro.

The data also show Lagos as the fifth municipality that welcomed more refugees (352).

On the reverse side of the medal appear, as would be expected, the less populous municipalities. In Alcoutim, for example, only one request was granted: to a woman aged between 18 and 34 years. In Monchique, there were three, also to women in the same age group.

At the national level, the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) has already granted, since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, 29.560 requests for temporary protection to Ukrainian citizens and foreign nationals residing in that country. Of these, 20.008 are women and 9.552 are men.

As for certificates for granting a residence permit under the temporary protection regime, containing user health, social security and tax identification numbers attributed by the respective entities, the SEF has already issued around 15.500.


Infographics: Nuno Costa