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For several centuries, the region of Amadora was the summer resort of wealthy families in Lisbon. The healthiness of the place, the proximity to the capital, the communication facilities and the wide area available for urbanization underpin the development of buildings, which, in certain areas, still has underground dwellings.

The present territory of Amadora was born from the breakup of the former parish of Benfica, on 1885-1886 and, the core of the parish area became the place of Porcalhota. In 1907, local people asked King Carlos allowing the name change; the Kingdom Ministry gave the order, renaming the village of Amadora, on October 28, 1907. It became a parish in the Municipality of Oeiras on April 17, 1916, and was elevated to town on June 24, 1937. Created on September 11, 1979, the Municipality of Amadora extends over an area of 23.79 km2.

The Municipality of Amadora fits in Lisbon Metropolitan Area (LMA), making land borders with the Municipalities of Lisboa, Oeiras and Sintra. This city was the first to be created after the April 25, 1974. Currently, the Municipality is composed of 6 districts: Águas Livres, Alfragide, Encosta do Sol, Falagueira-Venda Nova, Mina de Água e Venteira. Among its symbols are the Águas Livers Aqueduct and the Airfields that were so important in the emergence of aviation in Portugal. Today, these Airfields are the home of the General Staff of the Portuguese Air Force (Alfragide). Photo: Amadora - View of the Central Park

According to final figures of Census 2011, Amadora has 175,136 inhabitants, making it the fourth most populous city in Portugal and the municipality with the highest population density in the country. Women represent 52% of foreign residents in the City. The average age of the resident foreign population in Amadora is 33 years - younger than the Portuguese population.

The population with foreign citizenship has increased 33% in a decade and represents 10% of Amadora population in 2011. Amadora is a multicultural city with great attractiveness for many citizens around the World. Brazilian community has the largest increase between 2001 and 2011 (from 7% to 22%). 60% of the foreign population living in the city is from PALOP (African Countries where Portuguese is the Official Language), 7% of the foreign population are from other European Union Countries, 5% are from other countries in Europe, 4% are from other countries outside Europe and another 4% are from other African countries not integrated in PALOPs.

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Engagement and Campaigning workshops

Amadora, Portugal 15-16 May 2014
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Engagement and Campaigning workshops

On 15-16 May within the framework of the C4i Project the City of Amadora, Portugal, welcomed C4i project manager Gemma Pinyol and the project’s campaigning and engagement consultant Daniel de Torres. The C4i team introduced the project and participated in the Engagement & Campaigning workshop.

The agenda of the visit included a meeting between Ms President, Aldermen and the C4I Team, workshops aiming to present the project to the Local Social Network (CLAS) and to an initial identification of rumors and prevailing stereotypes in Amadora,  in close collaboration with local organizations and Municipality employees.

At the first working session, Plenary Session Nº 57 of the Local Council for Social Action of Amadora, the presentation of the Project took place. The participants, 43 local partner organizations and their 46 representatives, demonstrated awareness of the main objectives of the Project as well as Barcelona’s methodology for addressing rumours. There was an opportunity to clarify questions about the project and partners could exchange views on possible campaigns and dissemination tools at the local level (e.g.: Comic Festival, distribution of sweets with campaign symbols, intervention of various local partners).

The workshop of 15 May got together 11 local authorities with 12 representatives.  The next day’s workshop was attended by 6 local authorities with a total 20 representatives, mostly employees of the City of Amadora.

The two workshops allowed for the identification of rumors concerning the city of Amadora on specific aspects, positive (e.g.: good accessibility, Comic Festival) as well as negative (e.g.: violent city with many robberies, crime). Likewise, issues related to the immigrant population (e.g.: crime, violence and dependence on subsidies) were raised.

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