Government to spend around €36.5 Million on World Youth Day 2023

Internal Security System “carefully” vetting World Youth Day visitors

Portugal’s Internal Security System has insisted that so far, no risk situation has been identified (such as terrorism, aiding illegal immigration or human trafficking) in the context of registrations for World Youth Day (WYD). The service stresses there are “specific and rigorous” criteria for visas. The statement came in the wake of queries by Portugal’s right wing party CHEGA whose leader André Ventura seems to think there will be “ of “tens of thousands of people” arriving from the Middle East. Again, this is not the interpretation of internal security, which says citizens from Middle Eastern countries do not figure high on the list of those keen to attend to event, running in Lisbon between August 1-6.