The Immigration Platform decided to create a Distinction for Best Practices to distinguish Municipal Councils that have been demonstrated by the implementation of exemplary projects in the field of promoting the reception and integration of immigrants.

Projects are particularly eligible in the areas of reception, professional integration and/or social integration, which may include actions in the fields of training, education, health, housing, and employment.

Within this framework, every year, a tender is open (on a date to be announced) for projects proposed by City Councils.

The attribution decision is the responsibility of the Founding Nucleus of the Immigration Platform, based on a proposal presented by an independent jury chaired by Prof. Dr. Maria Lucinda Fonseca, from the Center for Geographical Studies at the University of Lisbon.

The Distinction is presented at a public ceremony on the International Day of Migrants, 18 December.