Why Portugal? Series (#4 of 4): Welcome to the Schengen!

Updated: Jun 21, 2019

Citizenship has its privileges!

Since making the decision to emigrate to Portugal, there has been one resounding question from friends, family and even strangers we meet at various events around town. Why Portugal?

Another of the thoughts we considered was the mobility of our living possibilities. To be honest, both @hangrywifey and myself will be happy to spend time between Portugal and Spain, mainly because we recognise that the Porto investment is good, but it can be a bit cold sometimes. Longer term, we want to spend time between Valencia, Spain and our properties in Porto. Having access to living anywhere in Europe as a result of our Permanent Residency card allows us to have more accessibility than we would if we had chosen to live in differing countries in SouthEast Asia. ASEAN just isn’t set up under the same rules as the European Union.

Adding to that, we are truly spoiled for choice. The 26 Schengen countries are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Not to be reactionary, but if climate disruption creates massive problems in the south of Europe, as European citizens we will have the right to move further north. This is not an issue that we see happening, but it does prove to be a solid back-up plan in the face of unknown circumstances. That’s a definite advantage.

In fact, in my research for this post, I discovered an article listing the 5 Advantages of an EU Residence Permit or Citizenship. They are as follows:

Security– boasting a number of countries that rank high on the Global Peace Index, the Schengen Area allows for physical, financial and privacy security safeguards throughout the entire region.

Business– the common market not only allows for the free movement of people, capital and goods across borders, it makes it extremely easy to do business across country lines. For example, our Portuguese company can easily make contracts for services within any of the Schengen countries, and need not suffer the burden of double taxation.

Health Care– it’s a universal right, and it’s transferrable within all Schengen countries. Contribution to the social security programme of your residence country (at the mandatory minimum) is part of the deal though, so be aware of that.

Education– Europeans in general are highly educated and speak multiple languages. Do I want to be surrounded by an educated populace? For sure! Also, for migrants that want access to more affordable (or free) higher education for your children, European citizenship has its privileges.

Quality of Life– it’s all in the eye of the beholder, but the focus on human rights and democratic institutions placing a premium on peace and prosperity allow for a slower and more enjoyable style of living. The fact that buildings and monuments of historical importance are around nearly every corner adds to the overall sense of beauty and wonder, wherever one might choose to live within the region.

So there it is! This post wraps up the main reasons why we decided to emigrate to Portugal. Of course, we remain available to those with questions about the process, and those who may be interested in considering this very enticing lifestyle for themselves!

by @dahungryhubs


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