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The Immigration Observatory

With the Immigration Observatory, ACIDI, I.P. 鈥 the High Commission for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue, 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 within the remit of ACIDI, I.P., 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 ACIDI, 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 ACIDI, 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.

 

THE IMMIGRATION OBSERVATORY'S NETWORK

 

The Immigration Observatory is structured around a network constituted by the following organisations:

Prof. Roberto Carneiro, Coordinator of the Immigration Observatory

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

Research Centres with Protocols:
 

CEAS 鈥 Centre for Social Anthropology Studies    
Higher Institute for Employment and Corporate Sciences (ISCTE)
OI Partner: Prof. Paulo Raposo

 

CEG - Centre for Geographical Studies 

Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon

OI Partner: Prof. Maria Lucinda Fonseca

CEMME - Centre for Migration and Ethnic Minorities Studies
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences 鈥 New University of Lisbon
OI Partner: Prof. Susana Pereira Bastos 

CEMRI - Centre for Migration and Intercultural Relations Studies

Open University

OI Partner: Prof. Manuela Malheiro Ferreira

 

CES - Centre for Social Studies

Faculty of Economy of the University of Coimbra

OI Partner: Dr. Jos茅 Carlos Marques

 

CIES - Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology

Higher Institute for Employment and Corporate Sciences (ISCTE)

OI Partner: Prof. Fernando Lu铆s Machado

 

ICS 鈥 Institute for Social Sciences
University of Lisbon
OI Partner: Prof. Jorge Vala
 

 

SOCIUS - Research Centre in Economic Sociology and the Sociology of Organisations
Higher Institute for Economy and Management 鈥 Technical University of Lisbon
OI Partner: Prof. Jo茫o Peixoto

 

Other Partners:


CIMJ 鈥 Centre for Research in Media and Journalism
OI Partner: Prof. Isabel Ferin

N煤mena - Research Centre on Social Sciences and Humanities
National Focal Point of European Racism and Xenophobia Information Network (RAXEN)
OI Partner: Tiago Santos



The catalogue of publications by the Immigration Observatory is available for download here.









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