There is no doubt that many Portuguese nationals have settled down in the UK that also includes the big chunk of Goans. But now with the BREXIT in force things seems to be changing slowly in Europe. With the recent referendum, Britain had exited the EU and there are more developments yet to be taken place with the other European countries capitulating to the same. What is residence card and why you need it? Read the complete report here.
Based on the information available from the reliable sources, the Portugal government has advised the Portuguese nationals in the UK to get their citizen cards. According to the sources, Portugal’s secretary of state for communities Jose Luis Carneiro has advised Portuguese nationals, including those of Goan origin in the UK to obtain a permanent residence card and also seek dual nationality to ensure that all their rights are protected.
He was appealed to the Portuguese nationals including that of the Goan origin who had worked in UK for more than five years and also have their families settled in there and who has not yet registered at the Portuguese Consulate in London and Manchester and those who haven’t registered as citizens with permanent residence in the UK to get their cards in UK. According to the sources, many Portuguese nationals including that of Goan origin haven’t yet registered with consulates. “Many didn’t register properly and depended instead on EUrules that defended them,” he noted.
Although the sources have confirmed that, there are no changes in the status of Portuguese including the Goans living in the UK despite the Brexit vote, as European laws will continue to prevail during the period of negotiation between UK and EU. “It will take two years for the transition to occur and the rights of Portuguese will be safeguarded in the agreement to be established between the United Kingdom and the European Union,” Carneiro said. “This also applies to Goans who have migrated to the UK on Portuguese passports,” he added.
Mr. Carneiro advised people to get in touch with the consulate in case they have any questions and soon the consulate will be made more functional with increase in staff to cater to the Portuguese nationals in Britain. “The Portuguese who have any questions should use the consular services,” he advised, assuring them that in the coming weeks the Portuguese government would strengthen the Consulate General in London by sending a deputy consul-general and additional staff to cater to the emigrants.
According to the sources, there are estimated to be around 2,34,000 Portuguese registered according to British Social Security but in reality, more than twice the number lives in the UK. Carneiro also said that in addition to European efforts, Portugal would hold bilateral talks to ensure that the social rights and freedom of movement of Portuguese living in the UK and British living in Portugal are “safeguarded”.
The fate of Portuguese national including that of Goans settled in the UK with the help of Portuguese passport will remain hanging till the bilateral talk completes between both the countries. Although the passport holders have the option of switching to other EU countries but that can never be an option or solution since shifting for the people who have been there for years won’t to so easy for searching the new employment and places. For the newly migrated people, it will be easier but still the hassle remains. What is your opinion on this? Do you think the situation will change? Please leave your valuable comments on this issue.