Institutional History

A brief tour through the history of SME

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The Migration and Foreigners Service, founded in 19th April 1976, is the body of the Ministry of the Interior responsible for the promotion, coordination and execution of the measures and actions inherent to the control of entries, transit, stay, exit and entry of people in the border posts, by land, sea, air and river, in all national territory.

Throughout its history, the SME adopted several designations: between 1976-1977, Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF), between 1977 and 1982, Department of Immigration and Borders of Angola (DEFA.), between 1982 and 1997, National Department of Immigration and Borders of Angola (DNEFA.), and in the period of 1997-1999, Department of Immigration and Borders of Angola (DEFA). From 1999 on, it adopted the name of Migration and Foreigners Service (SME).

Since 2010, the SME’s director is João Maria de Freitas Neto. The first director of the organism was Francisco dos Prazeres Neto (1986-1992), followed by Carlos Alberto B. Burity da Silva (1993-1997), Eduardo Barber Leiro Octávio (1997-1999), António Egídio de Sousa e Santos (1999-2001), Maria Joaquina Domingos C. da Silva (2002-2006), and Eduardo de Almeida Ferreira Martins (2006-2010).

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