Profile and activities

Loures is a city and a municipality in the central Portuguese Grande Lisboa Subregion. It is situated to the north of Lisbon. It was created on 26 July 1886 by a royal decree.  Loures has a total population of about 200.000 inhabitants, in which about 8% (16.700) are residents from abroad, with a very significant community from Africa, which represents 55%, namely Angola, Cape Verde and Sao Tome and Prince, and 22% coming from the Americas, particularly from Brazil.

The INE (National Statistical Institute) data, referring to the 2011 national census, still indicate that are living in Loures 6.224 citizens with dual nationality (plurinationality), which represents about 3%, but this data does not allow us to affirm that this is the number of residents in county who obtained Portuguese naturalization.

It should also be noted that each year, according to INE (the reporting period between 1999 and 2007), are required an average of 1.000 permits of residence in Loures.

It is important to refer to the absence of data from two factors that would be essential for a more authentic portrayal of the migrant population in the municipality of Loures, taking into account the expectations and desires as well as their intangible heritage and their socialization processes.

In the foreground, it is the total number of foreign immigrants who become naturalized, which would represent an important piece of work on the logic of building a communication for integration and interculturalism in the intervention plan.





C4i visit to Loures

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C4i visit to Loures

On May 14-15, within the framework of the C4i Project, financed by the European Commission and implemented by the Council of Europe, Project Manager Gemma Pinyol  and Engagement and Campaign consultant Daniel de Torres, received a warm welcome by the C4i Loures team. The visit which has been a remarkable success had a dual objective: first to meet with Loures city Council representatives and second with members of the civil society of the city both of which are engaged in the implementation and success of the project.

On the first day, a joint coordination and capacity building meeting took place between the visitors, the C4i Loures team and city council member Maria Eugenia Coelho. The organizational unit of the municipality of Loures, responsible for the development of related to the C4i project themes such: as human rights, immigration and social cohesion also attended the meeting. In the afternoon, additional municipal services – education services, corporate communication, culture, sports, youth, health promotion and social housing –whose presence and contribution was deemed essential joined the capacity building session.

In the second day, dedicated to civil society, the C4i team from the Council of Europe met with representatives of cultural, educational, religious and social organization as an essential first step in explaining the project to local stakeholders. This is one of the C4i priorities to ensure its implementation in the most suitable way taking into consideration specific local needs.

general information

  • website
  • anti-rumour campaign through neighbourhood transformation
  • “Loures free from rumours” campaign

Loures on the map

NEWSPAPER : Loures Livre de Rumores