During the first two months of this year, Portugal’s borders and immigration authority SEF has issued as many golden visas to Turks in two months as it did in the whole of 2016.
A report published in newspaper Diário de Notícias (DN) this week claims Turkish interest in Portugal has been growing strongly since the end of last year, which could be explained by the political situation in the Eastern country and concerns about what could happen after the upcoming referendum.
SEF has issued 42 golden visas to Turkish citizens since the Golden Visa programme was launched, the majority of which were attributed from last summer onwards and during the first two months of 2017.
This year, in January and February alone, 13 of the investment-granted permits were conceded to Turks, which is almost as many as the entire amount issued in 2016.
The political crisis in Turkey and a referendum called by President Recep Erdogan for 16 April are two reasons being put forward by observers as motives for citizens of the country’s higher classes looking to leave Turkey, unsure of what its future holds.