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Factsheet for measure PT-2022-12/2424 – measures in Portugal

Registration and fostering of unaccompanied Ukrainian minors

Registo e proteção de crianças deslocadas da Ucrânia

Country Portugal , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 15 March 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Other humanitarian measures
Author Paula Carrilho (CESIS)
Measure added 31 May 2022 (updated 20 June 2022)

Background information

In order to protect children and youths who arrive in Portugal without an adult minding them, the Government has set up a special multidisciplinary group with teams from the Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security (Ministério do Trabalho, Solidariedade e Segurança Social), the Ministry of Justice (Ministério da Justiça), the Borders and Immigration Service (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras), and the High Commission for Migration (Alto Comissariado para as Migrações).

Content of measure

The Government created a platform to register cases of unaccompanied minors, which also allows the search for foster care available, as well as identifying voluntary transport initiatives on national territory.

The platform is essential in the identification of unaccompanied minors, whether already in Portugal or in transit, in order to ensure their safety and full protection, as well as access to all the support structures in Portugal.

This platform is complemented by an email and by a telephone hotline.

The Institute for Social Security (Instituto da segurança Social) create a specific group to deal with the processes of unaccompanied children arriving in Portugal from Ukraine. This working group works closely with the Service for Foreigners and Borders (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras), the Public Prosecutor's Office (Procuradoria-geral da República) and the courts to better guarantee the protection of these children.

Use of measure

No information to date.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Children (minors)
Migrants or refugees

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Local / regional government
Public support service providers
No special funding required

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No involvement of any social partner in the design, implementation and monitor of the measure.

Views and reactions



  • 01 March 2022: Resolution of the Council of Ministers No 29-A/2022, of 1 March (
  • 11 March 2022: Decree-Law 24-B/2022 of 11 March (
  • 13 March 2022: Platform to register cases of unaccompanied minors from Ukraine (


Eurofound (2022), Registration and fostering of unaccompanied Ukrainian minors, measure PT-2022-12/2424 (measures in Portugal), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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