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Portugal: Prison officers to receive interculturality training (Unofficial translation)

On 19 July 2018, the High Commission for Migration (ACM) and the Directorate General for Reintegration and Prisons signed an Inter-institutional Collaboration Protocol with the aim of providing training to prison officers on specific knowledge and tools to communicate in an accessible way with migrants and members of different ethnic groups. Under this Protocol, the High Commission for Migration will promote 14 training actions across the country for 300 participants who will receive training on stereotyping, racial discrimination, the migratory phenomenon and ethnic groups.

In the words of the Secretary of State for Justice, ‘The prison system presents a considerable number of citizens of various nationalities, thus requiring greater preparation of the staff working with this population’. According to the report Indicators of Integration of Immigrants. Annual Statistical Report 2017 (here), foreign citizens in Portuguese prisons accounted for 16.7% of the total 13,779 inmates in 2016.

The Protocol was signed by the High Commissioner for Migration, Mr. Pedro Calado, and the Director General for Reintegration and Prisons, Mr. Celso Neves Manata. The signing ceremony, held in the Hall of the Ministry of Justice in Lisbon, was attended by the Secretary of State for Citizenship and Equality, Ms. Rosa Monteiro, and the Secretary of State for Justice, Ms. Helena Mesquita Ribeiro.

The High Commission for Migration already signed a agreement partnership with the Portuguese Police Force on 1 July 2016 to provide institutional training to both police officers and the ACM staff. 

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