The Global Compact for Migration was approved in 2018 by the United Nations and constitutes a milestone in the history of global dialogue and international cooperation on Migration, with Portugal being one of the first countries in the world to approve its National Implementation Plan, through the Resolution of Council of Ministers no. 141/2019, of 20 August.

Portugal, along with 12 other states, was designated as Champion Country by the International Organization for Migration, for its pioneering spirit and performance in the implementation of the Global Compact.

Last September, 2020, looking back and reflecting after 1 year of implementation, it seems clear that the Portuguese Government is on track to achieve the 97 measures provided for in the plan.

However, now that Europe and the world are looking to recover from COVID-19 and its diverse impacts, it is important that Portugal continues to lead in the defence of the fundamental principles of the Pact, based on the unique dignity of each migrant person and in the promotion of safe, ordered and regular migrations.

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Text written by Vasco Malta, graduated in Law and LLM in European Law in a Global Context, by the Catholic School of Law. In November 2020, after a process of international selection, he was chosen as Head of Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) (United Nations Agency for Migration) in Portugal.

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