Topic 2 Inclusion, diversity, and rights in Portugal’s labour market

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“Equality focuses on ensuring every person can flourish at work, experiencing equal opportunities and treatment. That is, all persons, regardless of their personal characteristics can participate in and contribute according to their capacity without interference of discrimination or bias. Equality recognises that each person has different circumstances, that historically, some groups of people have experienced discrimination and that reaching equal outcomes will not be achieved by treating everyone the same. Equality and reaching equal outcomes require the allocation of resources and opportunities according to circumstance and need.”

ILO, 2022, p.28

“Diversity in the workplace refers to the similarities and differences that exist between people and that can impact employment and business opportunities and outcomes. Diversity refers not only to similarities and differences linked to personal characteristics such as age, disability, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation and people living with HIV but also similarities and differences such as values, workstyles, caring responsibilities, hierarchical levels and work roles. Each person has multiple groups they identify with which can change over time, potentially influencing and shifting their employment opportunities and outcomes.”

ILO, 2022, p.28

“Inclusion is relational. It refers to the experience people have in the workplace and the extent to which they feel valued for who they are, the skills and experience they bring and the extent to which they have a strong sense of belonging with others at work. A person’s feeling of inclusion at work is related to their personal characteristics, their own behaviour and that of others and the environment they are in. Creating an inclusive workplace culture and environment enables diverse employees to experience equality, thrive, increases employee engagement and influences business performance.”

ILO, 2022, p.28

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If you wish to stay in Portugal, the first step to be taken care of should be your documentation, in order to obtain a temporary authorisation for legal residence (or a residence permit). After obtaining this permit, the same can be renewed for an equal period, be converted into a permanent permit and be used to obtain a Portuguese Citizen’s Card, if this is your goal. Information on how to start this process can be found below.

Step 1

Declare your entry in Portugal

Step 2

Obtain your Taxpayer Number or Tax Identification Number (NIF)

Step 3

Look for a job (or create one!)

Step 4

Obtain a Social Security Number (NISS)

Step 5

Request a residence permit

Portugal is a country with laws and institutions that are open and favourable to immigration, as well as a country with a high number of migrants.

The cultural and religious diversity is protected by the law on religious freedom and the anti-discrimination law (Lei n.º 93/2017) and assisted by the existing support from the Portuguese State to the migrant and minority associations.

To access the anti-discrimination law, please click here: 0491104915.pdf (