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International engagement of the MHA

The Ministry of Home Affairs is present in the world at different latitudes and at various levels, with:
  • The Projection of Security Forces in United Nations Peacekeeping Missions and Civilian Crisis Management Missions under the Common Security and Defence Policy of the European Union
  • The participation of its staff in FRONTEX Operations
  • The deployment of experts to key positions in the United Nations, the European Union and other international organisations
  • A Network of MHA Liaison Officers and Immigration Liaison Officers (link to​)

International engagement of the MHA in 2022


In 2022, MHA ensured presence in 56 countries and on all continentsin a growth trajectory compared to the previous year.


At the United Nations, MHA has contributed to regional and global security and stability by projecting 45 members of the Security Forces, GNR and PSP (19 more than in 2021) in 11 countries, in particular to the Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and the Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).


In the European Union, MAI was present in 9 CSDP Missions, with the projection of 32 members of the Security Forces and Services, in particular the Mission in Mozambique (EUTM Mozambique), Georgia (EUMM Georgia) and the Central African Republic (EUAM RCA).

A presence has been maintained in the European Agencies mainly in EUROPOL (34 elements) and FRONTEX.

The deployment of MHA elements in FRONTEX increased by about 33% compared to 2021, with emphasis on the deployment of 20 GNR troops for Operation FRONTEX "Themis" and 14 elements, 1 vessel and 1 vehicle at JO POSEIDON SEA 2022 in Greece as well as the deployment of 3 elements for the simultaneous missions in Italy (JO THEMIS), Spain (JO INDALO) and Estonia (JO TERRA) by SEF. 


The war in Ukraine has resulted in the restructuring of CSDP missions where MHA elements have been present, but also in FRONTEX, in aiding the control of eastern borders of the EU, in support of refugee flows and to combat organized crime.

The MHA also deployed elements in the European institutions, in particular the European Service for External Action and the European Commission.

In the framework of Bilateral Relations, MHA deployed GNR and PSP experts for Angola, São Tomé and Príncipe, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde and Mozambique in several training actions provided under the Strategic Cooperation Programs with the PALOP, contributing to the strengthening of international cooperation and to the development and training of similar entities. The commitment also took place in cooperation actions within the Commissarias in Spain, Italy and France, which involved the participation of PSP members. 

The work carried out by liaison officers and immigration liaison officers continued to be ensured allowing regular enhancing of MHA's bilateral relations with strategic partners.


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Última atualização: 20-02-2023 12:18


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