Social Support for Needy Emigrants from Portuguese Communities: what is it?

This is support designed by the Portuguese government to help citizens outside the country. If you need financial help and are experiencing difficulties, find out more about this assistance!


Discover what Social Support for Needy Emigrants is and how it works

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But, after all, what is this benefit and how does it work? Source: AdobeStock.

Social Support for Needy Emigrants from Portuguese Communities, ASEC-CP, is an aid project from the Portuguese government.

The benefit is intended for Portuguese citizens who live in other countries. In other words, emigrants. The objective is to provide financial assistance to those in socially vulnerable situations.

How to request Social Support for Emigrants in Need?

If you are in need, you may be entitled to ASEC. Discover how to request the benefit with an exclusive step-by-step guide that will facilitate your bureaucratic process.

Are you interested? Continue reading to learn more about the support rules. Find out what the conditions are for receiving it and what you need to request it. Let's go?

Who is entitled to ASEC?

Any Portuguese citizen in need and living abroad is entitled to Social Support for Needy Emigrants.

To make your request you only need to meet the three basic requirements. As this is aid aimed at people and families in vulnerable situations, it is very important to respect the requirements.

Firstly, to make the request you must have legal residence in the country in which you currently live. Secondly, you need to be in a situation of real need, that is, not have enough money to survive.

And thirdly, you must be a victim of at least one of the following situations:

  1. Victim of crimes against physical integrity;
  2. Victim of natural disasters and public calamities;
  3. Victim of accidents or anything that deprives you of earning your money;
  4. Victim of a serious illness that requires urgent treatment or something similar;
  5. Whether you are disabled or a victim of an accident who needs technical help to improve your living condition.

How does Social Support for Needy Emigrants work?

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So, find out more details about the program! Source: Portuguese Republic.

If you meet the requirements mentioned above, you will be entitled to monthly financial assistance. However, it is essential to have documents that prove the prerequisites.

The amount of support may vary, taking into account your physical and financial needs, and the income of your entire household. Furthermore, to define the value, the reason behind the request is taken into account.

Furthermore, the amount of support considers the poverty threshold of the country in which you live. On the other hand, if you leave the country where you requested support, you must notify a consulate as soon as possible and formalize your situation.

Therefore, your request may be re-evaluated by the destination country. However, the government may interrupt its aid in some cases, such as the death of those who requested support, their return to Portugal or the end of the grace period.

How to request ASEC?

To request Social Support for Emigrants in Need, you must go to the consulate closest to where you live. The process can be a bit bureaucratic, requiring some documents to be presented.

But don't worry, we'll help you with a step-by-step guide on how to request your support. So, come check it out by clicking the link below!

How to request Social Support for Emigrants in Need?

If you are in need, you may be entitled to ASEC. Discover how to request the benefit with an exclusive step-by-step guide that will facilitate your bureaucratic process.

About the author  /  Filipe Travanca

Bachelor in History and Audiovisual from the University of São Paulo. Passionate about writing and literature, he works as a screenwriter, editor and short story writer, exploring the most varied themes and subjects. A very curious person, who likes to study a little bit of everything and share this learning in his texts.

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