The 37 men who were rescued by the Portuguese Navy in the south of the Algarve asked for “international protection from the Portuguese State” and the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) did not find “any illicit and/or criminal activity” to which the same old men linked.
In a statement released late this Friday afternoon, the SEF explained that it interviewed for the second time, throughout the day, the 37 foreigners – one of them is under sixteen – and that they all “requested a request for international protection to the State Portuguese, take the SEF to proceed with it”.
In the first interview, biometric data were collected to “find out the identities” of those targeted.
During the procedures defined for registering these citizens, the SEF did not identify “any illicit and/or criminal activity”.
This morning, the SEF had already pointed out that the 37 men had tested negative to Covid-19 and explained that their first priority had been “providing and providing essential health care”, whereby three of the rescued were “assisted in the emergency department of the Hospital de Portimão”.