The High Commission for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue (ACIDI, I.P.), is a public institute under the indirect administration of the Portuguese State.
ACIDI, I.P.’s activities are based on the seven key principles of Equality, Dialogue, Citizenship, Hospitality, Interculturalism, Proximity and Initiative. The organisation provides information in order to promote immigrants’ rights and fulfilment of duties, including information leaflets, local immigrant support centres and an information phoneline.
ACIDI, I.P. also runs two National Immigrant Support Centres (CNAIs) in Lisbon and Porto, together with a branch in Faro, providing a number of State immigration services under one roof, as well as other support services for immigrants. Services are provided by socio-cultural mediators employed by Immigrant Associations through a partnership with ACIDI, I.P. ACIDI, I.P. also engages in outreach activities with immigrants. Within ACIDI, I.P. is also the Immigration Observatory, which promotes and funds research into immigration and integration, including publications and conferences. Also within the ambit of ACIDI, I.P.’s work is the production of television and radio programmes and advertising campaigns to inform public opinion on immigration and to promote interculturalism