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MHA International Engagement (2023)

The Ministry for Home Affairs (MHA) has a presence worldwide across various latitudes and at multiple levels, with:
  • The deployment of Security Forces in United Nations peacekeeping missions and in civilian crisis management missions of the European Union's Common Security and Defense Policy
  • The participation of its personnel in FRONTEX Operations
  • The deployment of experts to key locations within the United Nations, the European Union and other international organizations
  • In support and response missions conducted within the framework of the Civil Protection Mechanism for disaster situations coordinated by National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority (Autoridade Nacional de Emergência e Proteção Civil - ANEPC)
  • A Network of Liaison Officers from MHA spread across Portuguese Speaking African Countries (Países Africanos de Língua Oficial Portuguesa - PALOP), East-Timor, Algeria, Morocco, in the Permanent Representation of Portugal in the European Union (REPER) and in EUROPOL. (link:​)

International engagement of the MHA in 2023

In 2023, MHA ensured its presence in a total of 56 countries across all continents where agencies, institutions, and missions of the European Union and the United Nations are headquartered, as well as in other international organizations, entities, or governmental structures. This underscores the competencies and capabilities of the members of its Security Forces, ANEPC and General Secretariat of the Ministry for Home Affairs.

In its bilateral cooperation efforts, numerous training actions were conducted by elements from Public Security Police (Polícia de Segurança Pública - PSP) and from National Republican Guard (Guarda Nacional Republicana - GNR) within the framework of the Strategic Cooperation Programs with PALOP, contributing to the prestige of national security forces, enhancing international cooperation and fostering the development and capacity-building of counterpart entities. Similarly, the deployment of 98 personnel in support and response missions conducted within the framework of the Civil Protection Mechanism for disaster situations coordinated by ANEPC in Chile, Canada and Turkey, received international recognition.



MHA in the European Union

At the European Union level, MHA continued to strengthen its presence with a significant increase in national engagement compared to 2022 (288 personnel), totaling 474 personnel (a reinforcement of approximately 40% compared to the previous year), due to the commitment of ANEPC personnel in Joint Operations Forces in Chile, Canada, and Turkey.


In this domain and like in 2022, GNR remained the main participant, contributing almost 51% of national personnel. Along with Immigration and Borders Service (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras – SEF), they deployed the highest number of female personnel (11 personnel each).

EUROPOL was the european agency where were hosted the highest number of national personnel (40), while the European External Action Service (9) and the European Commission (7) were the preferred European institutions for national personnel. Among civilian CSDP (Common Security and Defense Policy) missions, notable mentions include the European Union Monitoring Mission in Georgia (9 personnel), the European Union Training Mission in Mozambique (8), and the European Union Capacity Building Mission in Somalia (5). It is important to highlight MHA presence in the European Union Advisory Mission in Ukraine (4 personnel) and in European Union Police Mission for the Palestinian Territories (1), representing a national reinforcement aligned with the EU's strategy to support Ukraine and the attention given to the Israel-Hamas conflict, respectively.

In terms of European projects, SEF participated in a significant European initiative by deploying an Inspector to Cape Verde, where he served as a Project Coordinator for GESTDOC in Praia.

Finally, within the European Union (excluding FRONTEX), MHA Security Forces were deployed in 27 countries (3 more than in 2022), particularly in the Americas, with Canada and Chile as the main destinations, and in Europe, mainly in Turkey, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Participation of MHA in FRONTEX

The deployment of MAI personnel in FRONTEX fell slightly, by around 5% compared to the previous year, as a result of the return of dozens of personnel who had been on missions that ended at the end of the year and the approval of the restructuring of Portuguese border control system, reformulating the regime for the forces and services that carry out internal security activities.

Portuguese GNR constituted the Security Force with the highest number of personnel engaged (117), being the largest contributor of female personnel (5).

Within the scope of FRONTEX, the year was marked by participation in significant missions and operations, with the deployment of military and police personnel in 12 FRONTEX missions.

MHA at the United Nations


At the United Nations, MHA continued to contribute to regional and global security and stability by deploying 53 personnel (8 more than in 2022) in 11 countries. Portuguese PSP assumed the primary responsibility for this engagement, deploying 50 personnel, including 11 females.

In UN missions, national presence was predominantly in MINUSCA (Central African Republic) and UNMISS (South Sudan), with 15 personnel each. The African continent remained the primary destination for MHA personnel deployed under the United Nations.

Bilateral Relations

In 2023, within the framework of Bilateral Relations and through the Technical-Police Cooperation and Civil Protection Program, MHA deployed 29 personnel (17 from PSP and 12 from GNR) in all PALOP and East-Timor, where training activities focused on various topics were conducted.

It is also important to highlight cooperation actions within the Commissariats in Spain and France, involving the participation of 7 PSP personnel, support provided for the XIV Conference of Heads of State and Government of Community of Portuguese Language Countries (Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa – CPLP), in São Tomé and Príncipe), and Advisory roles with the governments of East-Timor and Macau.

Liaison Officers and Immigration Liaison Officers

Finally, the work carried out by Liaison Officers and Immigration Liaison Officers was ensured, despite rotations and the cessation of functions of the latter (in accordance with Law No. 73/2021, of November 12, which approved the restructuring of the Portuguese border control system, reformulating the regime of forces and services responsible for internal security activities), allowing regular monitoring of MHA bilateral relations with various strategic partners ​(link:


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