Over the past few years, the ACM has received many awards and has been referenced internationally as an example of good practices.
Get to know some of the main acknowledgements ACM received:
In December 2014, the International Juvenile Justice Observatory distinguished the Choices Program as one of the most efficient and effective public policies. The award was presented to the National School Programs Coordinator, Pedro Calado, a public ceremony attended by the High patronage of UNESCO, which took place in Brussels.
Learn more about the Choices Program here.
This international document, the Portuguese model One-Stop-Shop which is the basis of CNAI (National Immigrant Support Centers) was considered innovative and efficient by providing “several services in one place and that work on a common philosophy and in permanent cooperation”, the report underlines.
All information on CNAI here
In the report of "United Nations UPR Info" (Universal Periodic Review) Portugal was recognized by advances in the areas of racial discrimination, minority rights (through the Plan for Immigrant Integration) and the Rights of Women.
The Promotion of Immigrant Entrepreneurship Project (PEI), created by ACM, won the category Entrepreneurship Award Responsible and Inclusive under the Business Promotion European Awards 2012.
More about the PEI
The High Commission for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue (ACIDI), currently High Commission for Migrations (ACM), won in Maastricht the Best Practices Award in Public Administration in 2011 (EPSA 2011). The prize, organized by the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA, the English acronym), distinguished between ACIDI 5 finalists in the category "Extending the Public Sector through Participatory Governance".
The distinction was made within the European Crime Prevention Award, awarded by the European Union.
The theme of the award Year, 2011, was "Sports, Science and Art in crime prevention with children and youngsters" and the Choices Program saw recognized its impact by the national jury.
The CNAI receives international award for excellence and innovation in the public service in the 8th edition of the United Nations Public Service Awards.
Portugal was distinguished among the countries "Europe and North America", winning the 1st prize in the category "To promote knowledge management in public administration".
The Index of Immigrant Integration Policy is a comparative study assessing immigrant integration policies in 31 countries in Europe and North America. Compared to the MIPEX II 2007, Portugal registered a very positive progression in the ranking, reaching an improvement of 5 percentage points.
Portugal comes first with the best immigrant integration policies in the aspect of family reunification and access to nationality and, second, in the aspect of integration of immigrants in the labor market.
See the full report here.
The measures taken by Portugal for the integration of immigrants have been awarded by the United Nations. Initiatives of Portugal in integrating immigrants "are at the forefront of Europe and the world." It is the country with the best classification in the allocation of rights and services to foreign residents.
Portuguese policies of reception and integration of immigrants have been highlighted by the positive in the report "The Future of Migration: Capacity Reinforcement for Change," recently published by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The National Immigrant Support Centers (CNAI) - Lisbon, Porto and Faro - are highlighted in this evaluation as "an integrated information service, example of a coordinated and coherent action between various partner organizations."
The "Rock in Rio Sustainable Attitude" is an award created in order to honor individuals and organizations that stand out for their commitment to improving the community's quality of life, local or national level and its performance in line with the three pillars of sustainable development (environmental, social and economic).
This award distinguished the High Commission for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue (ACIDI) in the category Cultural Diversity.
The Support Office Employment (GAE), the CNAI was selected to represent Portugal in the European final of the European Enterprise Awards 2010.
This award distinguishes the best policies and practices of entrepreneurship in Europe, stimulating economic development and creating more and better jobs locally.
MIPEX, presented at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, is the most comprehensive comparative study of measures for the integration of immigrants. Portugal was awarded to the second place, just after Sweden, under the best immigrant integration policies.
The High Commission for Immigration and Ethnic Minorities (ACIME), current ACM, won the 1st place category Customer Service, with the project "National Centre for Immigrant Support," in the 3rd edition of the joint initiative by Deloitte (audit and consulting firm) and the newspaper Diário Económico.