Twenty-four people from the Yazidi community “needing international protection” arrived in the northern Portuguese city of Guimarães on Monday.
The local authority said the group is being housed in accommodation provided by municipal charities, and said Guimarães – known as the ‘Cradle of Portugal’, would become the “crib of a new life” for the refugees.
Yazidis are an ethnically Kurdish religious minority that have been persecuted and massacred in Syria and Iraq by supporters of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS).
The 24 refugees make up seven families, including women, men and around a dozen children, who left Iraq in search of peace.
Originally 30 Yazidis were due to arrive in Portugal on Monday, but a family of six were forced to cancel the trip due to health reasons.