Lisbon Metropolitan Area (LMA), to which the municipality of Amadora belongs, is the main region of immigration in Portugal. According to official statistical sources, in 2006 there were 409 185 immigrants in Portugal, 232 149 of them in LMA (57%). The city of Amadora had, according to the last Census in 2001, 174,135 inhabitants, 13,444 of which were foreigners, representing 8% of the local population, a rate twice as high as the national average
According to a survey carried out in the municipality in 2002, most of the immigrants in the city are from Cape Verde (64%) followed by Angolans (11%) and Guineans, from Guinea-Bissau (12%).The other groups (Brazilian, EU and non-EU countries and others) are much smaller and scattered. A small Roma community, no more than 400 people, with Portuguese citizenship, also lives in Amadora.
In Amadora this labour immigration is relatively old. It is an immigration that reached a high degree of sedentarization, including a large “second generation” of youngsters and children
A more recent migration wave, starting in 2001, brought a large number of new Brazilians to Portugal (they are now the largest immigrant community) and many people from Ukraine, Romania, Belarus and Russia, which represents a completely new phenomena. In more recent years immigration seems to be slowing down due to a relatively high unemployment among other reasons.
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