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  • 29 June 2020 | Operation Kebab: three foreign nationals accused of the crimes of trafficking in human beings and assisting unlawful immigration

    Following an investigation began in October 20019, by the Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) under the coordination of the Public Prosecution of Portalegre, a charge has been made against three foreign nationals for the crimes of trafficking in human beings (12), assisting unlawful immigration (12), canvassing of illegal labour (1), undue use of the activity of an illegal staying foreign national (12) and crime for undue use of child labour.

    During the investigation, called “Kebab", twelve victims of trafficking in human beings have been flagged, working in Portugal for the defendants in catering establishments, in Portalegre, Elvas and Campo Maior. It should be noted that one of the foreign nationals exploited by the defendants was underage.

    The defendants would recruit foreign nationals they knew were illegally staying in Portugal, to work in their catering establishments, by imposing them excessive working hours, with no leaves or proper remuneration, placing them into accommodations with no minimum conditions, taking advantage, therefore, of their special vulnerability situation and complete economic dependency.

    Moreover, it should be mentioned that during the operational action, for the compliance of judicial warrants last November, two foreign nationals have been detained, and subject to as cautionary measures the closing of those commercial establishments, regular attendances and prohibition from exiting the country.

    The victims were accommodated by the competent services of the State, and, with the minimum formalities complied with, they are already duly introduced in the labour market, by which the Public Prosecution has required for financial compensations.

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  • 3 June 2020 | SEF detains two men with arrest warrants during the land border control

    ​The Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) has detained, today, at the Authorised Crossing Point of Vilar Fromoso, a 61-year-old Portuguese national condemned for the crime of domestic violence, and to whom there was an arrest and detention warrant issued against by the Court for enforcement of penalties of Coimbra for serving of a sentence purposes.
    The citizen has been intercepted during the border control made to a bus from Paris, France.

    For the execution of the warrant, the citizen has been handed over to the Prison Establishment of Guarda.
    In addition, at the Authorised Crossing Point of Quintanilha, SEF has intercepted four Spanish nationals trying to entry the national territory, and whose vehicle's driver had a ban of exiting his area of residence. With the documentary control made to the remainder passengers, it was found that everyone had criminal background from drug trafficking, domestic violence, assault and robbery. After having been handed over to the Spanish authorities, drugs and two cutting weapons in the possession of the Spanish nationals have apprehended.

    By the weekend, at the Authorised Crossing Point of Marvão, SEF has detained another Portuguese national upon which a European arrest warrant was issued against for the crimes of murder and grievous bodily injuries, issued by the Judicial Court of the Judicial District of Porto.

    The man has been led to the Prison Establishment of Castelo Branco, where he remained detained.
    The detention of every situation has been made easier by SEF Mobile, a pioneering, swift and safe system used by SEF at the border control and which had already allowed to control more than 110 thousand citizens.

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  • 31 May 2020 | Authorised Crossing Points in Land Border

    Between Portugal and Spain, and until 00:00 hours of 15 June 2020, movements of international carriage of goods, international passenger transport within the cases provided by the Council of Ministers’ Resolution, of cross-border workers and seasonal workers with an employment relationship duly supported by documentation thereto are allowed only, as well as movements of emergency and rescue vehicles and of the emergency service.

    The authorised crossing points at the land border are as follows:

    - Valença-Viana do Castelo, exit from Tuy-Valença-ligação IP1-A3 Bridge, in Valença, and railway station of Valença;

    - Vila Verde da Raia- Chaves, exit from A52, connection to A24, km 0, near the roundabout;

    - Quintanilha-Bragança, exit from IP4/E 82 International Bridge, exit node to Quintanilha or close to CCPA facilities at N218-1 Quintanilha;

    - Vilar Formoso-Guarda close to the border line, Largo da Fronteira, close to CCPA, N 16/E80, connection 620 Fuentes de Õnoro, Spain, including the railway station of Vilar Formoso and the access through the TIR Parking Lot, truck lane, N16, Vilar Formoso;

    - Termas de Monfortinho-Castelo Branco, junction of N 239 with N 240 in Termas de Monfortinho;

    - Marvão-Portalegre, border line, Marvão, N 521 connection from Valência de Alcântara to IC 13 Marvão;

    - Caia-Elvas, exit from A6 km 158, connection Caia-Elvas, close by the Tourist Office, Elvas;

    - Vila Verde de Ficalho-Beja, close to the borderline, connection A 495 Rosal de la Frontera to IP 8, Serpa;

    - Castro Marim-Praça da Fronteira, km 131 da A22, Guadiana-Castro Marim International Bridge, including the river dock of Vila Real de Santo António.

    - Mourão, Ponto de Fronteira de S. Leonardo, km 7, EN 256-1, on working days, from 7:00 am to 9:00 am and from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm;

    - Rio de Onor, Ponto de Fronteira da Rua da Costa, Caminho Rural, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm;

    - Tourém, Ponto de Fronteira nº 101, EM 513, on Mondays and Thursdays, from 6:00 am to 8:00 am and from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm;

    - Barrancos, EN 258, km 105,5, which connects to HU-9101, on Mondays and Thursdays, from 6:00 am to 8:00 am and from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.


    The constraints of the mentioned traffic do not harm:

    a) The right of entry of nationals and holders of a residence permit within the corresponding countries;

    b) The movement of diplomatic staff, of the Armed Forces, of security forces and services, health and rescue professionals, and staff thereto, including staff to be included to the Special Response to Forest Fire Fighting;

    c) The movement for family reunion purposes;

    d) The access to healthcare units, under bilateral agreements related to the healthcare services;

    e) The right of exit of citizens living in another country;

    f) The right of entry and exit from the national territory of seasonal workers with an employment relationship duly supported by documentation thereto.


    For more information:

    Resolução do Conselho de Ministros n.º 10-B/2020

    Resolução do Conselho de Ministros n.º 22/2020

    Resolução do Conselho de Ministros n.º 33-B/2020

    Resolução do Conselho de Ministros n.º 34-A/2020 

    Despacho n.º 5897-A/2020

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