Culture, Heritage and Diversity


The Portuguese Network of Intercultural Cities

The Portuguese network of Intercultural Cities (RPCI) started in 2012 with three municipalities: Lisbon, Beja and Coimbra. It has since expanded to include municipalities from a number of different regions.


Portugal has a long history of immigration from former Indian, African and Asian overseas territories. The most significant waves of migration started in the late 1960s. Since the 1990s, alongside the boom in the construction industry, several new waves of Brazilian and Ukrainian migrants have settled. These constitute the two largest migrant groups in Portugal, with Romanians and Cape Verdeans also a significant part of the migrant population in Portugal. Although the majority of the migrant population is based around the Lisbon and Porto metropolitan areas, other cities also have a significant migrant population.


With recurrently positive results in country-based indicators, Portugal is well suited to receiving the Intercultural model. The High Commission for Immigration and Intercultural Dialogue (ACIDI), a unique administrative body, has a proven track record of developing policies and programmes in the field.


The RPCI’s thematic priorities, approved in the work plan (+ Portuguese version) on 20 February 2013, are to work on citizenship and the media.


Map of participating cities

Click on the name of the cities to discover their intercultural profiles and activities.



Intercultural Cities Index

Beja: Results of the Intercultural Cities Index

4ª Reunião da RPCI, Lisboa, 8 de Junho 2015 (resumo)




 4th Portuguese Intercultural Cities Network Meeting Lisbon, Salão Nobre dos Paços do Concelho, June 8, 2015(Portuguese version + Acta)