Portugal has manifested its availability to receive 5 of the 40 people who are on board of the humanitarian vessel Alan Kurdi, off the coast of Malta. Portugal, France, Germany and Luxembourg have manifested their availability to receive the group of people as a gesture of humanitarian solidarity and common desire to provide European solutions to the issue of migration and human tragedies that happen in the Mediterranean.
Portugal has had an active role in all the resettlement processes. This was the case with the rescue of the vessels Lifeline, Aquarius I, Diciotti, Aquarius II, Sea Watch III, Alan Kurdi and other small vessels. As a result of these rescues, 129 people were taken in by Portugal, throughout 2018 and this year.
Notwithstanding this solidary availability that was always manifested, the Portuguese Government continues to defend an integrated, stable and permanent European solution that can address the migratory challenges.
Lisbon, 3 August 2019