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Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Portugal accepting of differences?

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When we asked people about diversity in Portugal and whether locals are accepting of differences, they said...

"Madeira and Funchal in particular are getting more diverse with this current influx of immigrants. While local people are friendly, you may experience some negativity over the perception that foreigners are causing a rising cost of living; especially housing costs. Some Madeirans resent immigrants for using precious medical resources and other government resources. One sore spot is immigrants who don’t learn Portuguese. So if you are new, make an effort to learn Portuguese as soon as possible. (Yes it is a difficult language and I am struggling with it)," said another expat in Funchal, Portugal.

"Portugal is a culturally diverse nation with a range of backgrounds, languages, and ethnicities, including Native Portuguese and immigrant populations. Portuguese people are generally accepting of differences and actively seek to celebrate diversity, with a selection of cultural events hosted throughout the year in cities such as Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra. Portugal has a long history of tolerance and integration, making it an ideal place for diverse groups of people from around the world to find a sense of belonging," wrote a member who made the move to Portugal.

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