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Migrants have the right to stand for elections at local/national level?

Key Area:
Political & Civic Participation
16/02/2012 - 02:13
Short Answer

Migrants have the right to stand for local elections under some conditions.

Qualitative Info

The Law no. 50/96 of 4 September establishes that citizens from african countries where Portuguese is officially spoken (PALOP) can be elected for positions in local authorities if they have been legally residing in Portugal for four years or for five years in the case of other third-country nationals.

The right to vote is based in the existence of reciprocity conditions linked to residence status and the economic incorporation of immigrants. Declaration 2-A/97 granted the right to be elected to Portuguese citizens and nationals of the European Union, Brazil,  Cape Verde, Peru and Uruguay. It also allowed certain rights to be accorded to citizens of countries where Portuguese is officially spoken if there is an agreement between Portugal and the country concerned.


Lei 50/96, Diário da República - I Série A,, Date of access: 21.02.2012.

Groups affected/interested Migrants
Type (R/D) Anti-migrant/xenophobia
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Policing - law enforcement, Political participation
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