Overview on intercultural issues in Portugal

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Within the sociopolitical and educational project of interculturalism, important policy changes have been observed mainly in the last two decades, turning interculturalism into a current topic on policy making decisions and on social, educational and cultural programs and actions. Portugal is internationally recognized for its migrant integration policies and promotion of interculturalism. In this paper we propose to frame Portugal in the Portuguese-speaking and Southern European migratory systems, helping to understand migrant integration issues in the country. Then we reflect about intercultural resources at the policy level, summarizing the national policy for integration, programs and structures developed by the High Commission for Migration, and the situation in the Portuguese education system. Another level of resources is drawn from
intercultural projects, from local political actors to civil society organizations. These resources are framed in current debates about intercultural challenges and resources in Portugal.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntercultural dialogue: learning, speaking, and sharing
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the international seminar and study visit ALLMEET in Lisbon '15
EditorsCláudia Urbano, Luís Baptista, Maria do Carmo Vieira da Silva, Inês Vieira
Place of PublicationLisboa
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-989-20-6898-5
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Intercultural education
  • Intercultural projects
  • Migrant integration policies


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