The data were provided to this entity by the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) and indicate that “as of December 31, 2017, the foreign population residing in the Autonomous Region of Madeira (RAM) totaled 6,720 people (10.0% than in 2016), distributed between holders of residence permits (6 692) and long-stay visas (28). “
The main foreign communities living in the region are nationals of Venezuela (14.4%), the United Kingdom (14.2%), Brazil (12.1%) and Germany (7.0%).
“In 2017, the Venezuelan nationality presented a remarkable increase (+ 38.0%) in the number of foreigners holding residence permits in the Region (703 in 2016 and 970 in 2017),” it is also read in the information disclosed .
“In terms of geographical distribution, it is in Funchal that the foreign population has the highest expression (59.2% of the total of the Region), followed by Santa Cruz (13.8%), Calheta (7.3%) and Porto Santo (4.0%). By gender, there is a slight preponderance of females (51.1%) over males (48.9%), “concludes the same source