6. Workshop No 6 and 11 (Portugal)

Time: November 8 (14:30-16:00) and November 9 (9:00-10:30)

"New locals - Creating a new life plans"

Workshop Leader: Filipa Batista

Filipa Batista - Coordinator of the Fundão Center for Migration and the Office for Cultural Inclusion and Diversity (CIG), born in Fundão.

Leader of a multidisciplinary team from the GID (Office for Inclusion and Cultural Diversity), made up of psychologists, social workers, sociocultural animators, translators and intercultural mediators, jurists and specialized technicians. Filipa Batista has a degree in International Relations from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra.

Workshop Description: 

The experience of the city of Fundão in welcoming and integrating migrants and refugees and in creating their new life plans.

Creation of a Training Center for Third-Country Nationals, through the Fundão ACOLHE Project, training new locations to reinforce the supply of qualified labour, essential for the business fabric of an entire region.

The work carried out, namely during the initial period of 18 to 24 months after arrival in Portugal and in the period of independence and empowerment, aims to actively promote the inclusion of these minorities, aiming to ensure the enjoyment of the rights and duties that are consecrated to nationals. For this, a strategy is outlined that, based on the participation of migrants and local institutions, leads to the implementation of a set capable of promoting reception and the construction of a life plan that allows the most adequate insertion of these citizens.

Workshop presentation (pdf)