Unemployment protection policies in Portugal

  • Pedro Adão e Silva
  • Mariana Trigo Pereira


In this article we analyse diachronically Portugal’s pattern of unemployment protection, focusing on a description of who are the unemployed covered by social policies and the intensity of this coverage. We argue that though Portugal has presented generous ratios of protection in the last decades, mechanisms of social protection have been unable to adapt themselves to the rapid transformations that have taken place in the labour market, leaving a significant share of unemployed with no protection. Moreover, a new pattern where both the amount of subsidies and their length is diminishing might be emerging, generating “poverty traps” amongst the unemployed.