Portugal’s troubled borders agency gets new (lady) boss

Beset with administrative problems and challenges, SEF (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras) borders agency has just got a new (lady) boss – the third national director in the space of a little more than a year. According to news reports, SEF’s unions are delighted by the choice of Luísa Maia Gonçalves who has worked at the agency for the last 25 years. She takes over from António Beça Pereira who was drafted in after SEF’s former and much longer-term national director Manuel Jarmela Palos was detained on suspicions of corruption in the ongoing “Golden Visa” investigation known as Operation Labyrinth.