Figueira da Foz

General Information
Mayor of the Municipality: 
João Ataíde das Neves
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Alexandre Nunes, Chief of education and social affairs department
Tânia Oliveira
Total population: 
62 125
Roma living in the Municipality: 
Estimation by the local facilitator
Description of the Municipality: 

The External Evaluation Case Study for Figueira da Foz by Blomeyer & Sanz s.l. is available in Portuguese and English. Visit the Resources section for other 14 case studies of the evaluation.

Portugal Country Findings of the external evaluation available in Portuguese and English

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Figueira da Foz is a city and a municipality in the Coimbra District in Portugal. It is located 40 km west of Coimbra with an estimated total population in 2011 of 62,125. Figueira da Foz is the second largest city in the district of Coimbra. It is a coastal city with several beaches, summer and seaport facilities on the Atlantic Ocean coast.

Roma in Figueira da Foz live in seven neighborhoods (Leirosa, Fonte Nova,Vila Robim, Quinta do Paço, Buarcos, Ferrugenta, Marianos), mainly in social housing administered by the municipal housing enterprise – Figueira Domus. In Ferrugenta and Marianos the families live in prefabricated (temporary, ALGECO type) houses. Most Roma families in Figueira da Foz ensure their monthly income by selling clothes in markets, stores and flea markets. Some of the Roma families rely only on social welfare to survive.

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Description of the CAG: 

The Community Action Group in Figueira da Foz is made up of a majority of Roma women.
With a core group of around 7 members, the group is quite dynamic and has a very good contact with the municipality. The majority of the members of the CAG finished primary school and worked as clothes vendors in markets, stores or flea markets. Most of the Roma from neighborhoods in Figueira da Foz are represented in the CAG. One member of the CAG – also a Roma woman – had worked as a school mediator in the 2000s. One Roma man participating in the group volunteers for the Red Cross, while another is pastor in the local Evangelical church. The age of the members of the group varies from 17 to 58 years old and most are of evangelical confession. Like other CAGs in Portugal, the Community Action Group in Figueira da Foz decided to create an NGO (Ribalta Ambiçâo - Association for Gender Equality in Roma Communities) so as to be able to exist legally and thus access small grants for various activities related to the priorities identified by the group. The Association was created solely with the financial means of its members.

The Community Action Group of Figueira da Foz in the media:
Article 09/04/2016 - Diario de Coimbra - "The Roma Community says that everybody must change"
Article 06/01/2016 - Diario as Beiras - "Roma community shows solidarity with people in need"
Article - Figueira da Foz Municipal Webpage - "Viver o Romed” na Figueira da Foz (tr. ENG "Experiencing ROMED" in Figueira da Foz")

CAG identified needs: 

Short term priorities of the CAG in Figueira da Foz:

  • * Creation of an NGO which would provide legal representation in the contact with local authorities (done);
  • * Organisation of a Solidarity Intercultural Event;
  • * Organisation a “Roma Pride” walk;

Long term priorities of the CAG in Figueira da Foz:

  • * Employment of 6 Roma (3 men and 3 women) in the Municipality for a period of one year (done);
Initiatives within ROMED2 and relevant Local Action Plan: 

The Municipality of Figueira da Foz, together with representatives of Figueira Domus responded promptly to the need formulated by the Community Action Group – of reducing unemployment of Roma. The first concrete proposal resulted in the employment of 6 Roma (3 women and 3 men) within the Municipality in the following positions: mediator, cleaning staff, animator in the local library, animator in the children’s hospital, operational staff in the Salt Museum. This measure was possible thanks to the CEI+ Programme of the Institute for Employment and Professional Training of Portugal. The proposal was implemented starting with June 2015.  However, due to the nature of the Programme under which the contracts are financed, these will not be renewed after one year.
Thus, to date, 3 Roma men and 3 Roma women are working in the areas of sociocultural mediation, sociocultural animation and cleaning under one-year contracts provided through the CEI+ Programme.

The municipality of Figueira da Foz interacts often with the CAG and the ROMED national support team and facilitates the CAG meetings by offering a municipal space for the seat of the Roma NGO "Letras Nómadas" - support organisation of the ROMED2 Programme in Portugal.


17 Jun 2015
Meeting with Local Authorities
7 Jul 2015
Joint Meeting between the CAG and Local Authorities
19 Aug 2015
24 Oct 2015
24 Oct 2015
Meeting with Local Authorities
4 Nov 2015
29 Nov 2015
Community Action Group Meeting
8 Dec 2015
Community Action Group Meeting
28 Dec 2015
29 Dec 2015
Meeting with Local Authorities
24 Feb 2016
25 Feb 2016
Meeting with Local Authorities
8 Mar 2016
Meeting with Local Authorities
21 Mar 2016
Meeting with Local Authorities
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Meeting with Local Authorities
4 Jul 2016
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Meeting with Local Authorities
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