Portugal OKs 10,000 requests for citizenship by descendants of Sephardic Jews

A plaque in Lisbon, Portugal, commemorates the the “Lisbon Pogrom,” or the “1506 Easter Slaughter,” when a crowd of Catholics killed some 2,000 New Christians who were accused of being Jews. (Horacio Villalobos – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

(JTA) — Portugal has approved about a third of approximately 33,000 applications for citizenship under its 2015 law for descendants of Sephardic Jews, according to official data.

Applications based on the 2015 law, primarily from Israel, Turkey, Brazil and Venezuela, are behind a 10-percent increase in applications in 2018, which saw 41,324 such requests in 2018, the Publico magazine in Portugal reported last month. It was the highest tally in at least five years.

The report did not say how many applications have been declined.

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