Portugal: Government presents new plan for migration

Lisbon: The Portuguese government presented this week its action plan for international migration, built around regulated immigration, foreign talent attraction, humanistic integration, and institutional reorganisation.

The plan comprises 41 measures. These include: the prioritisation of entry channels for family reunification, young students and skilled professionals;

the development and execution of the national plan for the implementation of the Pact for the Migration and Asylum of the European Union;

the reinforcement of the operational framework of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) mobility agreement;

the establishment of a framework to resolve the more than 400 000 pending cases of – mostly – labour migrants, awaiting regularisation by the Portuguese Agency for Integration, Migration and Asylum (AIMA);

setting up municipal/intercity emergency reception centres for immigrants in cooperation with municipalities;

the reinforcement of the offer, coverage and frequency of Portuguese language teaching.