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SEF reported 54 victims of human trafficking in 2021. Labor exploitation continues to have the highest incidence in Portugal

The SEF reported 54 victims of human trafficking last year in Portugal, and labor exploitation continues to have a higher incidence, according to a report published today.

The 2021 Immigration, Borders and Asylum (RIFA) report, to which the Lusa agency had access, indicates that the SEF reported 54 victims of human trafficking, five less than in 2020, constituting the most relevant nationalities for Moldovan (11), Romanian (8) and Moroccan (7).

According to the report, “it can be seen in 2021 that, in terms of the type of exploitation, it is the work that continues to have the greatest incidence in Portugal.”

Last year, the Immigration and Border Service also recorded 31 crimes of trafficking in human beings, totaling 627 crimes associated with migratory phenomenabeing the falsification of documents (375) and the aid to illegal immigration (101) the most expressive.

The document also reports that the SEF registered an increase in the detection of document fraud of 21.9% compared to 2020, totaling 401 fraudulent identity, travel and residence documents.

The fraudulent documents were, in their entirety, detected when leaving the country at air border posts and the most expressive nationalities were Albanian (107), Georgian (31), Guinean from Bissau (18), Senegalese (16 ) and India ( 14).

For the second consecutive year, the number of applications to acquire Portuguese nationality decreased, registering a total of 54,288 in 2021, 21% less than in 2020.

The SEF issued 64,309 opinions, of which 63,494 were positive and 815 negative.

According to the document, those who acquired the most Portuguese nationality in 2020 were those from Israel (21,263), Brazil (13,328) and Cape Verde (2,980).

According to RIFA, last year there was also a 10% increase in the number of passengers checked at air borderswith a total of 6,533,549 passengers and, at maritime borders, 836,675 people were controlled, 58% more than the previous year.

The report states that there was a 27.6% reduction in the number of refusals to enter Portugal for foreigners who did not meet the legally prescribed conditions for admission to the countrythe majority occurring at air border posts, specifically at Lisbon airport with 1,035 refusals of entry (90%), since it is the main national destination for international air connections from third countries.

Most of the refusals of entry were concentrated in Brazilian nationals, in a total of 984.

Source: Observadora

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