The Portuguese network of Intercultural Cities (RPCI) was set up in 2012 and now includes eleven municipalities from different regions of Portugal.

According to the New Strategic Plan for Migration 2015-2020, during the last couple of years the Portuguese migration profile has changed, due the globalization, financial crisis and economic asymmetries. During the 1960s, Portugal was clearly defined by emigration, due to economic but also political reasons. Since the 1990s, as a result of a significant improvement of its social and economic conditions, a context of intense public investment in infrastructures, and the social and political instability of many countries with historical relations to Portugal, the country started to receive immigrants to work and live. From the beginning of the XXI century until now, side by side with the increasing figures of emigration, the arrival of migrants has decreased significantly.

In 2014, foreign population with legal status reached nearly 400 000 people. Brazil was the largest community with 85 288 inhabitants, followed by Cape Verde (40 563), Ukraine (37 809), Romania (31 505), China (21 042) and Angola (19 478). Therefore, the contemporary ethnic landscape of Portugal is clearly diversified. Migrants come from European, but also from African and Asian countries, thus requiring an integrated approach that nevertheless is sensible to such an heterogeneous picture. Hence, and specially in the two Portuguese metropolitan areas (Lisbon and Porto), where the majority of migrants live, intercultural issues have become more relevant than ever.

Against this background, the RPCI Action Plan for 2016 and beyond will seek to consolidate its development, carry out a number of new and innovative activities, and to improve its communication strategy.


Map of participating cities




National coordinator

   Carla CALADO



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