SEF investigates at least 22 cases of Brazilian “influencers” in Portugal

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Brazilian “influencers” and “youtubers” are being investigated for suspected aiding illegal immigration, reports Expresso, an investigation confirmed by the Foreigners and Borders Service.
The SEF is investigating at least 22 suspected of aiding illegal immigration made using the Internet and social networks, reports Expresso. Those targeted are Brazilians, young people and couples who make videos about living and working in Portugal – the general content eventually leads to videos encouraging the coming of illegal immigrants and sharing tricks on how to enter the country as a tourist and then obtain the necessary documents.
“The SEF has under investigation cases of aiding illegal immigration and association to aid illegal immigration where the suspects use the internet, namely social networks, and it is not possible to quantify these cases or inform about the nationality and professional profile of the suspects,” confirms the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF).
In some videos, the protagonists present themselves as construction businessmen, explaining how illegal Brazilian citizens can come to work in this area. There are also those who promote an alleged house rental service for Brazilians who arrive illegally. Some influencers also offer advisory services, partnerships with lawyers, solicitors or travel agencies.
The Brazilian Association of Portugal (ABP) says it is following the situation with “concern”. Ricardo Pessôa, president of this association, confirms to Expresso that there are dozens or hundreds of Brazilian citizens that after a few months are publishing videos with tips on how to live in Portugal. “People let themselves be influenced by a youtuber who’s only been here a short time and doesn’t yet have the capacity to teach anything. Some not only pass on the information but offer to be mediators. I even think that the SEF can and should question these individuals. Those who come here should seek support from organizations that are recognized in Portugal”, he warns.

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