- The Portuguese Cabinet has approved rules under which descendants of Jews expelled from Portugal more than 500 years ago can claim citizenship
- Many Sephardic Jews were killed, forced to convert to Christianity or leave at the end of the 15th Century.
- Parliament paved the way for a change in citizenship laws two years ago, but the move needed Cabinet approval.
- From now on, descendants of Sephardic Jews who can prove a strong link to Portugal can apply for a passport.
- Thousands of Sephardic Jews were forced off the Iberian peninsula, first from Spain and then from Portugal.