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Practical obstacles and evidence of problems and differential enrollment rates for migrants?

Key Area:
Discrimination, Equality
15/02/2012 - 03:13
Short Answer

There are some identified obstacles and evidence of problems and differential enrollment rates for migrants.

Qualitative Info

The Third Report on Portugal published by the Eurpean Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) addresses the question of access to education for children from minority groups in general, in particular immigrants.

The ECRI report highlights the legislation providing for the introduction in schools of compulsory classes in Portuguese as a second language for children whose mother tongue is not Portuguese. and the adoption of Decree-Law no. 67/2004 which guarantees the right of children whose foreign parents have no legal status in Portugal to enrol in schools under the same conditions as children of non-nationals who do have legal status.

The ECRI report states that, in the absence of detailed statistics, according to several studies children from certain immigrant groups, in particular Africans, do less well at school than Portuguese pupils and are less likely to continue their education (p. 17).


ECRI (2007), Third Report on Portugal, Strasbourg: Council of Europe,, Date of access: 27.02.2012.

Groups affected/interested Migrants
Type (R/D) Anti-migrant/xenophobia
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Education
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