SOS helpline

A helpline for immigrants in Portugal has celebrated its sixth anniversary this year, having taken around 340,000 calls in several languages, including English.

The helpline, Linha SOS Imigrante, provides help and support on issues relating to problems with immigration and employment for all nationalities.

Staff who man the helpline speak a number of languages including English, French, Spanish and Russian, among others.

The helpline is open Monday to Saturday from 8.30am until 10.30pm. Calls from landlines can be made to 808 257 257 and from mobile telephones to 218 106 191, with calls costing the same as a local call.