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      4 The Portugal News • 19 Oct 2019


      Foreign workers sustaining population                                                                                100 new


                                                                                                                           inspectors for
      growth                          Young, educated foreign workers are helping to push                                  SEF
                                      Portugal forward with growth.

                                                                                              foreign immigrants (since half of  The Foreigners and Borders
                                                                                              the immigrants are Portuguese  Service (SEF) is to be reinforced
                                                                                              returning to the country), the study  with 100 new inspectors
                                                                                              used the Employment Survey of  according to the Ministry of
                                                                                              Statistics Portugal (INE), to show  Internal Affairs.
                                                                                              that the increase in the foreign  The new recruits were
                                                                                              resident population in Portugal  approved after a drive by the
                                                                                              has grown mainly due to the  government to encourage more
                                                                                              significant increase in citizens  inspectors which first began in
                                                                                              from Brazil, Italy and the United  2017 and will now begin a year of
                                                                                              Kingdom and from countries   theoretical and practical training
                                                                                              outside the European Union.  “acting under the supervision of
                                                                                              According to data from the INE’s  both Lisbon Airport and the
                                                                                 Also
                                                                                 Also
                                                                                 Also
                                                                                 Also         Employment Survey, there were  different SEF organisational
                                                                                 Also
                                                                                 according to
                                                                                 according to
                                                                                 according to
                                                                                 according to
                                                                                 according to  248,000 foreigners living in  units2, said the ministry.
                                                                                 Banco de
                                                                                 Banco de
                                                                                 Banco de
                                                                                 Banco de
                                                                                 Banco de     Portugal in the first half of the year.  The 100 new trainee
                                                                                 Portugal, it is
                                                                                 Portugal, it is  This study showed that foreigners  inspectors join 66 additional
                                                                                 Portugal, it is
                                                                                 Portugal, it is
                                                                                 Portugal, it is
                                                                                 foreigners
                                                                                 foreigners
                                                                                 foreigners
                                                                                 foreigners
                                                                                 foreigners   have contributed to the increase  trainees, approved in an internal
                                                                                 who have led
                                                                                 who have led
                                                                                 who have led
                                                                                 who have led  in the active population due to the  competition and who began their
                                                                                 who have led
                                                                                 to the
                                                                                 to the
                                                                                 to the
                                                                                 to the
                                                                                 to the
                                                                                 rejuvenation
                                                                                 rejuvenation
                                                                                 rejuvenation  demographic factor - since the  training in April.
                                                                                 rejuvenation
                                                                                 rejuvenation
                                                                                 of the active
                                                                                 of the active
                                                                                 of the active
                                                                                 of the active  proportion of younger individuals,  Currently SEF has about 800
                                                                                 of the active
                                                                                 population
                                                                                 population
                                                                                 population
                                                                                 population   of working age, is higher than that  inspectors and is working to
                                                                                 population
                                                                                 (Photo: TPN)
                                                                                 (Photo: TPN)  of the national population - and  reinforce these numbers as a
                                                                                 (Photo: TPN)
                                                                                 (Photo: TPN)
                                                                                 (Photo: TPN)
                                                                                              because they participate more in  lack of staff is one of the
              ccording to a study by  “Since mid-2018, the foreign  the Economic Bulletin.    the labour market (the activity rate  organism’s main problems.
              Banco de Portugal     active population has made it  In the first half of this year, the  of foreigners was 80 percent in  Between 2017 and 2019,
              published in the      possible to sustain the evolution  number of foreigners residing in  the first half of 2019, 4 percentage  nearly 145 new inspectors were
      AEconomic Bulletin after      of the active population in  Portugal of working age (15-64)  points above the activity rate of the  admitted to the Service under an
      a fall in the active population  Portugal,” said the study.  was 198,000, representing 3.0  Portuguese).             internal civil service competition.
      (employed and unemployed      “Despite its small relative weight,  percent of the working age  Also according to Banco de  An external competition was
      population between 15 and 64  the foreign population resident in  population. Active foreigners were  Portugal, it is foreigners who have  launched in December 2017,
      years) between 2008 and 2016  Portugal has increased recently,  158,000, equivalent to 3.2 percent  led to the rejuvenation of the  ending a gap of 15 years in which
      in Portugal this trend began to  very much in line with the  of the active population, which  active population, since the  100 trainee inspectors who will
      reverse in 2017 with growth   evolution of migration flows”,  amounted to 4.8 million people.  Portuguese active population is  begin their training were
      being recorded.               according to the October issue of  With regard to the increase in  increasingly elderly.  approved.
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