Portugal’s Government presented the Action Plan for Migration where the Government’s 41 measures to guarantee “regulated immigration”, were integrated into “humanist integration” and institutional reorganization.

Reprt by Humayun Kabir from Lisbn Portugal .

Portugal’s Government presented the Action Plan for Migration, which is based on three axes, namely regulated immigration, attracting foreign talent, “humanist integration that works” and institutional reorganization.

Here are the Government’s 41 measures to guarantee “regulated immigration”, integrated into “humanist integration” and institutional reorganization:

  1. Terminate the Expression of Interest procedure [intent to obtain an employment contract]
  2. Strengthen response and processing capacity at Consular Posts
  3. Prioritize entry channels for family reunification, young students, and qualified professionals
  4. Create a Mission Structure to resolve +400 thousand pending processes
  5. Urgently intervene in existing border control infrastructures, IT systems, and databases
  6. Catch up on the implementation of new border control systems (EES, ETIAS)
  7. Mitigate the high levels of congestion and delays experienced at the border crossings at Lisbon and Faro airports
  8. Strengthen the operational framework of the CPLP Mobility Agreement
  9. Confirm and execute resettlement and relocation commitments for beneficiaries and applicants for international protection
  10. Develop and execute the National Plan for the Implementation of the European Union Migration and Asylum Pact
  11. Increase the capacity of Spaces Equivalent to Temporary Installation Centers (EECITs)
  12. Build new Temporary Installation Centers (CIT), ensuring legal and civil society support
  13. Establish procedural speed mechanisms to be applied in judicial appeals processes, in terms of immigration and asylum
  14. Ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the return system, unifying these skills across police forces
  15. Create a multi-force inspection team to combat abuses (human trafficking, illegal immigration, labor exploitation and human rights violations)
  16. Audit linguistic assessment processes for obtaining Portuguese nationality
  17. Institute a human capital attraction system aligned with the country’s needs
  18. Improve the process of recognizing qualifications and competencies
  19. Promote professional training and training of foreign citizens
  20. Carry out a Labor Needs Survey, aligning the supply and demand of foreign workers and their scheduled reception
  21. Promote the attraction and attendance of foreign students in Portuguese Higher Education Institutions
  22. Increase places for asylum seekers and refugees in reception centers
  23. Increase the capacity of specialized Residential Units for emergency reception of unaccompanied minors
  24. Increase temporary and urgent accommodation capacity for immigrants, refugees, and beneficiaries of international protection
  25. Promote the professional integration of immigrants into the national labor market
  26. Create Municipal/Intermunicipal Emergency Reception Centers for immigrants, in cooperation with Municipalities
  27. Implement integration projects in very critical neighborhoods under municipal coordination
  28. Strengthen supply, coverage, and frequency of teaching Portuguese as a Non-Mother Language (PLNM)
  29. Make multilingual materials and guidance available, including in functional Portuguese
  30. Simplify the process for granting equivalences in basic education
  31. Promote and manage immigrants’ access to the National Health Service
  32. Create instruments to channel private capital for social investment in immigrant integration projects
  33. Create the Foreigners and Borders Unit at PSP
  34. Restructuring of AIMA’s competencies and internal organization
  35. Strengthen AIMA’s human and technological resources, creating an incentive for productivity and performance
  36. Transfer the responsibility for in-person processing of requests for renewal of residence permits from IRN to AIMA
  37. Expansion of the in-person service available for immigrant citizens to request their sectoral identifiers (NIF, NISS, NNU)
  38. Restore the Migration Observatory as a State body to inform public policy
  39. Redefine and make the Council for Migration and Asylum autonomous, as a consultative body to the Government
  40. Strengthen financial support for immigrant and civil society associations operating in the sector
  41. Strengthen proximity responses through Local Migrant Integration Support Centers (CLAIM)


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