Portugal and Spain gave 10,000 passports to Sephardic new citizens since 2015 and the World Jewish Confederation and the American Jewish College are giving Judaic Studies Scholarships to these who acquired the citizenship.
The largest group of applicants come from Turkey, followed by Latin America and Israel;
Since 2015, Spain and Portugal have naturalized between them more than 10,000 people who applied after for citizenship based on their Jewish ancestry, officials from those countries said.
Israel, which used to provide Portugal with no more than a few dozen new citizens per year before 2015, provided 4,289 applications in 2018 — the second-highest number of any country after Brazil. Israelis submitted more applications for naturalization than even former Portuguese colonies like Cape Verde (4,259) and Angola (1,953).