Reinstalação de Refugiados - Notícias
LISBOA, 15 de dezembro de 2014 (CPR) - Foi assinado o protocolo de adesão da C.M.Lisboa à Rede Europeia de Reinstalação.
LISBOA, 11 de julho de 2014 - Portugal recebeu ontem 14 refugiados ao abrigo do acordo de cooperação com o ACNUR.
LISBOA, 26 de março de 2014 - Solomon, refugiado eritreu reins­talado a partir da Tunísia, é entrevistado para o programa "A tarde é sua".
LISBOA, 10 de dezembro de 2013 - Um jovem afegão, refugiado reinstalado a partir da Turquia, recebe o 'Prémio Direitos Huma­nos' da AR.
LISBOA, 14 de abril de 2013 - Joâo Vasconcelos e Tânia Dias, do CPR, são entrevistados para o programa 'Ser Refugiado' da RDP África.

C.M. Lisboa adere à Rede Europeia de Reinstalação
LISBOA, 15 de dezembro de 2014 (CPR) - Foi hoje assinado o protocolo de adesão da Câmara Municipal de Lisboa à Rede Europeia de Reinstalação, representada em Portugal pelo CPR. Esta Rede tem como objetivo a criação de sinergias entre autarquias e entidades da sociedade civil dedicadas à proteção e à integração de refugiados reinstalados. A cerimónia contou com as presenças da Administradora Executiva da SCML, Rita Valadas, da Presidente do Conselho Português para os Refugiados, Teresa Tito de Morais, do Vice-presidente da autarquia, Fernando Medina, do vereador dos Direitos Sociais, João Afonso e várias entidades e individualidades.


Portugal acolhe 14 reinstalados
LISBOA, 11 de julho de 2014 - Portugal recebeu ontem 14 refugiados, entre os quais se incluem cinco crianças, ao abrigo do acordo de cooperação com o Alto Comissariado das Nações Unidas para os Refugiados (ACNUR). O acolhimento destes refugiados insere-se na política de cooperação internacional no âmbito do Programa Nacional de Reinstalação de Refugiados. Este programa é financiado por fundos comunitários sendo que Portugal, também no quadro de solicitação da União Europeia, já manifestou disponibilidade para aumentar a quota de reinstalação no próximo ano.
Os refugiados reinstalados agora acolhidos que se encontravam em Marrocos e são originários dos Camarões (1), Irão (2), República Democrática do Congo (2), Senegal (1) e Costa do Marfim (8) foram propostos pelo ACNUR, tendo sido analisada e validada a sua entrada em Portugal pelo Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (SEF).
A organização parceira do Estado para o acolhimento deste grupo de refugiados é o Serviço Jesuíta aos Refugiados (JRS).


A Tarde é Sua: Os Refugiados
LISBON, 26th March 2014 (CPR) - Daily Television Variety Show aired by private television broadcaster TVI - It was aired in March and includes an initial 3 minute video clip on the story of an Eritrean refugee resettled in Portugal from Tunisia in 2011. The video clip consists of an individual focusing on the reasons he left the country, his onward journey to Sudan, Libya and Tunisia and his experience in Portugal where he arrived with his wife. He currently works for CPR as a logistics assistant and longs to be reunited with his two children he left behind.
The show further includes an in studio interview with both the resettled refugee and CPR's Communication Officer on a number of issues ranging from resettlement, integration, protection in the region, etc


Farid - a champion and a prize winning afghan refugee who remains only but a child…
LISBON, 10th of December 2013 (CPR) - For the untrained eye, Farid's success in boxing, his human rights prize, years by himself in Pakistan, Iran and Turkey and a perilous journey to Portugal might lead you to think that he is an uncommonly mature young boy whose concerns are far different from those of other children of his age.
Farid arrived in Portugal by himself in late 2012 in the framework of the Portuguese resettlement programme. Launched in 2007, the programme aims at offering every year 30 refugees an opportunity to rebuild their lives in safety and dignity after spending at times years in countries where those are rare commodities and without a chance to return home safely.
During its first conversation with Dora Estoura, his case worker at the Portuguese Refugee Council's (CPR) Reception Centre for Refugee Children (CACR) in Lisbon where he lives, when asked about his passion for boxing, Farid clarified things from the onset: "I don't intend to be a champion, I know I will!" And so he did, at 15 years old! According to Dora Estoura, he is committed and very organized, but he still lacks confidence in others and has a tendency to keep to himself.
Separated from his family in war torn Afghanistan when he was still a child, it won't come as a surprise though that underneath that strong confident look what Farid misses the most is his family. According to CPR's President, Maria Teresa Tito de Morais, "boxing has been therapeutic". Farid also attends classes in the local school and has made progress in learning the language at the Reception Centre. One day he would like to become an architect. "I like to draw", he says. Recent contacts with his family have given him hope that he might not be alone, after all...
These days Farid has become somewhat of a local celebrity and a role model for his fellow refugees at the Reception Centre for Refugee Children (CACR). The Portuguese Parliament has awarded him with its Human Rights Medal Prize for 2013 in December last year.
According to MP Fernando Negrão, who presided the jury, the prize is recognition of Farid's long journey and commitment but also a sign - "Portugal as a country must remain open to refugees, willing to receive them and help them integrate".
João Vasconcelos (CPR)


Resettlement in Portugal – prospects for a durable solution
LISBON, 14th of April 2013 (CPR) - Having fled their own country because of armed conflict, persecution and violation of human rights and having sought protection from forced return in a country of refuge – this is the common story of most refugees. Men, women, sometimes minors who have travelled for many kilometers in order to reach a ‘safe’ country where to plead their own case before the authorities and to be allowed to settle.
Which long lasting perspectives of settlement once granted refugee status do they have? What about the real chances of integration among the communities of their country of refuge?
Joao Vasconcelos and Tania Dias, who work with the Portuguese Refugee Council (CPR), discussed the Portuguese resettlement program and their own experience of working with resettled refugees in Portugal in the radio programme “Sou refugiado”, aired by the public radio broadcaster RDP África on the 14 th of April 2013.
Joao Vasconcelos started by explaining that resettlement consists of the transfer of refugees from the state in which they have first sought protection to a third state that has agreed to admit them with a permanent residence status.
“What happens in many cases – he explained – is that refugees first flee to a country where for example their security remains at jeopardy or where there are strict encampment policies with limited freedom of movement or access to basic services such as education. A durable solution for their refuge is therefore not a realistic prospect in that country and this is where the Portuguese resettlement programme comes into play.”
Up to 2013, the Portuguese program resettled 164 refugees of 14 different nationalities. In most cases these were families, and 2012 Portugal received for the first time unaccompanied minors, as a result of the inauguration of CPR’s Reception Centre for Refugee Children, in Lisbon. These was a highly vulnerable group, given we are talking about orphans, victims of sexual violence and human trafficking.
The countries where they had initially settled were clearly unequipped to provide them with adequate protection arrangements and the decision to resettle them in Portugal was therefore taken as a last resort, given that in the case of unaccompanied minors family reunification is always considered a priority .’ he added.
Traditionally, however, Europe is not the main destination of resettled refugees as over 90% of them are resettled in the United States, Canada and Australia. These last years, many Member States have started resettlement programs with the support of the European Union but the overall number of refugees resettled in our continent is still low, at around 8% of the total.
According to Tânia Dias, when adult resettled refugees arrive in Portugal, they are received at CPR’s Refugee Reception Centre, located in the Municipality of Loures, where they can live temporarily, usually from 3 to 6 months. A team composed of social workers, legal officers and a language trainer offers support in building an individual integration plan and a concrete life project. They are welcomed in collective information sessions, where they are given information about services, Portuguese culture and society, housing and job opportunities.
The role Portugal is playing with its resettlement programme is a relevant one and its relevance is increasing by the year: “Our aim –Dias said – is to make them feel safe in order to consider Portugal the country in which they want to settle, and not just a transit place in their onwards route as was the case of their initial country of asylum that hosted them before.”
Written by Alice Tusarelli and João Vasconcelos (CPR)


De acordo com as últimas estatísticas, o número de migrantes forçados em todo o mundo ultrapassa os 65 milhões e não pára de aumentar. O número de pessoas que buscam protecão no nosso país é de cerca de 870 por ano ou 87 pessoas por cada milhão de habitantes, um número bastante inferior à média europeia (2600 pedidos por milhão de habitantes na UE-28, em 2015). Há mais de um quarto de século que o CPR, sempre em colaboração com o Alto Comissariado das Nações Unidas para os Refugiados (ACNUR), procura minimizar as consequências das deslocações forçadas, em particular das pessoas acolhidas em Portugal.