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Portugal among top ten countries for migrant integration policy (Inoffizielle Übersetzung)

Portugal is in the top ten countries for migrant integration policy, according to the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) 2020, an assessment of the integration policies of 52 states. The assessment highlights the fight against discrimination and efforts towards family reunification as particular strengths for Portugal.

According to the MIPEX 2020, presented on October 28 at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal has been continuously improving its integration policies in recent years. This was found to be especially true as far as education is concerned.

According to the report, 'Portuguese integration policies have improved slightly in all dimensions of equality of rights, opportunities and security for immigrants'.

Portugal appears in the 'top ten' alongside the Nordic states and countries that are more traditionally destinations of choice for migrants, far ahead of other 'new' destination countries such as Italy and Spain.

The report states that 'compared with all other developed countries, Portugal's integration policies in 2019 were above average in all policy areas, except in access to health'. Notable findings included the following:

  • Concerning tackling the problem of discrimination Portugal attained the highest possible score of 100 points, praised for its strong policies and enforcement mechanisms that are 'slowly raising levels of public awareness';
  • Concerning citizenship - of both new migrants and descendants of Portuguese citizens - Portugal scored 86 points, which was an increase of 13 on its score from 2015.
  • As far as family reunification is concerned Portugal scored 87 points and is deemed to have one of the most favourable policies for reunification worldwide, alongside Canada and Brazil.

According to MIPEX, this research matters because the way in which governments treat migrants strongly influences the way migrants and the rest of society interact and think about each other.

The authors of the report said that 'the guarantee of equal rights, opportunities and security [for migrants] encourages the public to see integration as an opportunity and to treat immigrants as equals, neighbours and potential citizens'. As a result of such inclusive policies in Portugal, then, immigrants and the public are more likely to interact and see each other as equals.

MIPEX is the work of Migration Policy Group (MPG), in partnership with the Centre for International Relations in Barcelona. It is co-financed by the European Commission. The Portuguese research team comes from the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning of the University of Lisbon.