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Warning - Internet Scams

Beware of fraudulent offers of migration assistance in the internet or email marketing.

Individuals considering migrating for whatever purpose or destination should take extreme caution in dealing with internet offers or email marketing in light of recent surge in fraudulent schemes.

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Migration Issues

The Brazilian population has been greatly influenced by distinct waves of immigrants. Much of this immigration, in turn, has been tied to economic factors. In the 1990s, Brazil received an important number of immigrants (regular and irregular) from South Korea and from Latin America, especially from Bolivia and Peru. Although the government has not encouraged regional immigration, Brazil has become an important, attractive destination for Latin Americans from various socio-economic backgrounds.

The emigration of Brazilians to foreign countries searching for a job is a phenomenon that became more apparent in the last decade, but the presence of Brazilians in bordering countries could already be detected two decades before. According to estimates, there are about three million Brazilians living abroad and 1.5 million foreigners in Brazil.

In the last years, more and more Brazilians have started obtaining tourist visas for Mexico; they then attempt to enter the United States via the Mexican border. The presence of Brazilians in EU countries, particularly in Portugal, Belgium and the United Kingdom, is on the rise. Authorities are discussing several initiatives related to linking nationals abroad and a new law for foreigners. Furthermore, trafficking in persons particularly women for sexual exploitation, irregular migration and health-related issues are increasingly important in Brazil.

Last updated:
Main text: 2006
Facts and figures: August 2014

Migration Initiatives