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With the Immigration Observatory, ACM, I.P. 鈥 the High Commission for Migration seeks to deepen knowledge on the reality of immigration in Portugal, in order to be able to define, implement and evaluate effective policies for the integration of immigrants.



THE IMMIGRATION OBSERVATORY

 
The Immigration Observatory, an entity formally set up in 2002 within the remit of ACIME, I.P., adopts the motto "to know better in order to act better" and has the following objectives:

a) To gather, process and make available timely information on the issue of immigration in our country and its horizontal aspects at a global level.
 
b) To encourage the collection of supplementary data or information not directly accessible from primary sources.
 
c) To build up files, studies and research, in collaboration with expert scientific and academic institutions in the subject area, which appear relevant for the design, orientation and improvement of public policies on immigration.

d) To publish and distribute publications resulting from its activities, or from other sources of interest, to improve the span of knowledge on immigration.

e) To promote seminars, colloquia, debates and other activities targeting better understanding of the phenomena associated with population movements destined for Portugal, and with the training of actors to deal with the issues involved as a further aim.
 
f) Guarantee the connection between ACM, I.P. and similar national or foreign institutions, namely structures for observation, data collection, research and systematic analysis of movements of peoples in Portugal, Europe and the rest of the world.

The Observatory does not have its own structure and does not possess a staff of permanent employees. It is led by a coordinator who is responsible for the respective academic activity, on which he reports back to the High Commission in relation to meeting the objectives for which it was set up. The budget for the Observatory is part of ACM, I.P.鈥檚 budget.

The philosophy behind the Observatory鈥檚 work is one of subsidiarity relative to the group of institutions and researchers systematically dedicated to studying the topic of immigration. In this regard, the Immigration Observatory aims to intervene essentially as a catalyst for activities and a promoter of academic, scientific and institutional cooperation networks, but only when this is of benefit for a better public understanding of the subjects and topics that are its main concern.

 

COORDINATION OF THE IMMIGRATION OBSERVATORY

 

Prof. Roberto Carneiro, Coordinator of the Immigration Observatory from 2002 until 2014, with HONORS.

Catarina Reis Oliveira, Head of Unit of Research and International Relations - ACM, IP.

 

 









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