150 Turkish Sephardic Jews get Portuguese citizenship with new law. (BN).
Portuguese law granting citizenship to descendants of the Sephardic Jewish community, who were forced to flee the country in 1553 during the Portuguese inquisition, sparks high volume of applications from Turkey.
According to Michael Rothwell, a representative of the Jewish community in the city of Porto, the new law legislated three months ago has drawn a high number of citizen applications from Turkey.
In fact out of the 200 applications approved 150 of them were granted to Turkish citizens. So far 900 total applications from across the globe have been received.
Rothwell also states that many of the applicants are looking to move to Portugal permanently.
Last week Spain also opened the door allowing for Sephardic Jews to apply for citizenship; centuries after the Spanish Inquisition in 1492.
Sephardic Jews fleeing the inquisitions had been welcomed by the Ottoman Empire, the predecessor of the Modern Turkish republic. There are an estimated 26,000 Sephardic Jewish citizens living in Turkey. Hmmmm......anything is better than Erdoganistan for Jews.