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The integration of refugees in Portugal
The conference “The integration of refugees in Portugal: an assessment of the moral duties of assistance and integration policies in the context of European policies and values”will be held on April 18, starting at 18h00. This event, integrated in the Monthly Meetings on Migration Experiences, organized by CIES-iscte, CRIA-iscte and Observatory of Emigration, counts with the interventions of Emellin de Oliveira, from the Research Center on Law and Society (CEDIS) of the New University of Lisbon, Elizabeth Challinor, from the Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia (CRIA) at the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, and Marta Lemos, Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia (CRIA) at Iscte, and with the moderation of Antónia Pedroso de Lima, from CRIA-iscte.

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The right to asylum is a lively topic of debate throughout Europe. Duties of care towards refugees are the subject of controversy in public opinion in many countries and are discussed under difficult circumstances. The size of migration flows fuels fears of cultural conflicts with newcomers. Faced with a continuous stream of asylum seekers crossing the Mediterranean, the European Union is discussing a reform of the European Asylum System in order to meet the potentially conflicting expectations of humanitarian aid and border control. The reform proposals include harmonization of standards of assistance and reception, a European procedure for granting international protection status, and redistribution of assistance costs among member states. This project set out to question whether integration policies change the practical context in which normative questions are asked, namely the extent to which states succeed in turning the integration of foreign nationals into an opportunity for economic and social growth for national society. It sought to understand how refugee integration policies in Portugal have been implemented from 2015, when refugee mobility programs began in the European Union, to the present day. The project carried out an empirically informed, interdisciplinary analysis of integration policies and analyzed moral duties in the concrete context of the Portuguese reality in the European panorama.


More information about the event and the speakers is available here.

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