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Factsheet for measure PT-2023-18/2072 – measures in Portugal

A_Rede - Online platform to support refugee families to find housing

A_Rede - Plataforma online para apoiar famílias refugiadas a encontrar habitação

Country Portugal , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 01 May 2023
Context War in Ukraine
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Keeping or obtaining a safe home
Author Heloisa Perista (CESIS)
Measure added 22 October 2021 (updated 10 July 2023)

Background information

Taking into account the difficulties faced by refugees in accessing the private property market, A_REDE aims to create the necessary conditions for refugees to restart their life projects in Portugal.

A_REDE is an online platform that works to create a "bridge" between families and people who want to be part of the reception and inclusion of refugees. They aim to strengthen society's mobilisation capacity in favour of the inclusion of refugees in the national territory.

Content of measure

A_REDE is an initiative of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS Portugal) and the Refugee Support Platform (PAR). The initiative aims to help refugee families find decent, stable and adequate housing to meet their needs.

They work to secure rental contracts with a minimum duration of one year for refugee families with the support of landlords and JRS.

A_REDE Landlords are people who want to be part of the construction of the new life project of refugee families. They find that the platform provides them the opportunity to do so by renting their property.

There are registered landlords in A_REDE who are owners of properties or rooms, and who are willing to have refugee tenants. The contract secured have the same characteristics defined in the general legal terms that govern the national rental market for owner-occupied housing.

Refugees are selected by the A_REDE team. They must meet minimum eligibility criteria to enter into a rental contract. The criteria includes having the financial capacity to fulfil the contract and a sense of responsibility.

Use of measure

102 refugee families have been supported by A_Rede thus far.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Migrants or refugees

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
European Funds
National funds

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement as case not in social partner domain No involvement as case not in social partner domain
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 as case is not in social partner domain.

Views and reactions

Social partner's views on the measure are unknown.



Eurofound (2021), A_Rede - Online platform to support refugee families to find housing, measure PT-2023-18/2072 (measures in Portugal), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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