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High Commission for Migration

PORTUGAL: High Commission for Migration

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The High Commission for Migration – ACM (previously the High Commission for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue) - is the Portuguese public institution responsible for the managements of migration flows, namely throughout assuring the integration of immigrants and promoting the return of Portuguese emigrants. Because Portugal approaches migration and integration policies in a whole-of-government approach and in a holistic perspective, ACM – as the public institution integrated in the Presidency of the Council of Ministers – is responsible for interlinking different ministries to develop implement and evaluate crosscutting policies that targets migrants, including refugees, and Roma communities, and that promote intercultural and interreligious dialogue, combating all forms of ethnic and racial discrimination.

Brief history

Recognizing the importance of having a coherent integration policy for immigrants, Portugal created in 1996 the High Commission for Immigration and Ethnic Minorities (ACIME). Since then this institution assured the participation and cooperation of representative immigrant associations, social partners and State Services in the definition and assessment of policies targeting immigrants and the prevention of exclusion and discrimination. The institution has been growing its services and areas of intervention over the years and, as recognition of its importance, in 2007, its powers and intervention was reinforced and become a public institute with a new institutional name High Commission for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue (ACIDI). More recently, acknowledging the change of the migratory experience of Portugal (the country returned to a negative net migration since 2011) and the challenges of an ageing population, the institution was once again reinforced. Under the new Organic-Law of the institution published in 2014 this public institute was renamed to High Commission for Migration (ACM) and enlarged its mission and responsibilities, having now the mission to coordinate an integrated answer to the emigration and immigration (including refugees) flows of Portugal.

Mandate type
  • Predominantly promotion-type and legal support body
Litigation powers
  • Formally deciding on complaints (e.g. decision or recommendation addressed to the parties) legally binding
Activities aimed at supporting vulnerable groups (e.g. through trainings)yesyesyesyesyesyesnononono
Activities aimed at supporting duty bearers such as employers and service providers (e.g. through trainings, guidance material, practical support, etc.)yesyesyesyesyesyesnononono
Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)yesyesyesyesyesyesnononono
Recommendations on discrimination issuesyesyesyesyesyesyesnononono
Publications and reportsyesyesyesyesyesyesnononono
Research projects (including surveys)yesyesyesyesyesyesnononono
Our institution has a mandate to deal with:
  • Racial and religious discrimination
Other statistics
Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)891111138185103no datano datano datano data
Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)779578606084no datano datano datano data
Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social media41025172325no datano datano datano data
  • Single headed equality body (led by director or ombudsman/commissioner)
Additional details

The High Commission for Migration is a public institute with administrative and financial powers, and pursue his activity under the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.

Procedure for nomination and appointment of management and board

The High Commissioner is, since 2015, chosen according to the evaluation of an independent body called CRESAP (details at ). The High Commissioner was appointed by the Government by Order number 8320-F/2015 (

Number of staff dealing with equality issues
333334no datano datano datano data
Grounds and fields of discrimination covered by the equality body
Grounds / FieldsEmploymentEducationHousingSocial Protection & HealthcareGoods & ServicesOther
Gender Identitynonononono
Race and Ethnic Originnoyesyesyesyes
Sexual Orientationnonononono
Religion & Beliefnoyesyesyesyes
Mandate covers:
  • Public sector
  • Private sector
Operating budget in euros
850000087000006800000630000056000005000000no datano datano datano data
Operating budget in euros for the parts of the organisation dealing with equality issues (all types of functions).
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We are accountable to:
  • National Ministry

Related News

On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, annually celebrated on 21 March, the Commission for Equality and Against Racial Discrimination - CICDR that works closely with the High Commission for Migration (ACM) launched a campaign to raise awareness against racism and xenophobia.


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General Contact Information

Full name in English:

High Commission for Migration

Full name in the national language(s):

Alto Comissariado para as Migrações

Postal address:
Rua dos Anjos, nº 66, 4º andar, 1150-039 Lisboa

General email address:

808 257 257

Telephone number:

+ 351 21 810 61 13

Other social media channels:

Languages in which your institution can be contacted:

Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole, English, French, Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian, Belarusian.

Person of contact for media enquiries:

Eduardo Quá (

Name of the Head of the equality body:

Pedro Calado

Engagement with Equinet

Contact Person


Eduardo Quá