• Country : Portugal
  • Level of Implementation : Local, Regional, National
  • Website : http://mentores.acm.gov.pt/
  • Contact : Bárbara Duque / barbara.duque@acm.gov.pt
Name of Good Practice
Mentoring Program for Migrants
Type of Good Practice
Material, Methodology
Implementing Institution
High Commission for Migrations, Public Institute (ACM, I.P.)
Target Group
Immigrants, Refugees, Those who migrate due to the unusual situation
Start Date
End Date
Funding in
0,00 €
The High Commission for Migration, Public Institution, directly dependent of the Presidency of the Ministers Council, has the mission of collaborating on determining, executing and assessing the public, transversal and sectorial policies concerning migrations that are relevant for the integration of migrants in the national, international and Portuguese-speaking contexts, for the integration of the immigrants and ethnic groups – in particular, the gypsy communities – and for managing and valuing of the diversity between cultures, ethnics and religions.
The Mentoring Programme for Migrants links citizens that otherwise would never meet: mentors and mentees work together towards local integration. It consists of a national database of volunteers (622 mentors) that provide guidance to migrants and refugees (255 mentees) according to their concrete needs (job seeking, entrepreneurship, health, parenting, language).
By supporting integration with their personal or professional skills, mentors are citizens from the host society. Mentees are migrant or refugee citizens who have specific necessities during their integration process in Portugal.
Given our experience in promoting migrants and refugees integration, this High Commission created a national network with 56 partners (Municipalities, NGO’s and Immigrant Associations) to manage the mentoring processes locally, according to each context specificity.
It is a low cost project that – articulated with others – should be faced as an improvement of the services that any organization already provides. At the moment, after the initial funding for the development and publication of materials and instruments, the project budget only covers human resources of the co-ordination team (two full-time workers) and network joint activities (seminars, annual meetings, campaigns).