Argentines in Uruguay

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Argentine Uruguayans are people born in Argentina who live in Uruguay. In 2010, there were over 10,000 Argentines living in Uruguayan territory.[1]


There are lots of Argentine-born persons living in Uruguay, for a number of reasons. Both countries share the same language, culture and ethnicity and their populations bear striking similarities; the historical origins of both nations is common (part of the Viceroyalty of the River Plate, Spanish Empire); both countries are members of MERCOSUR, there is no need for special migration documents, and circulation is relatively easy. Uruguay is a very small, quiet country, with wide beaches on the Atlantic Ocean, so many Argentines choose Uruguay as their usual holiday destination, some of them even as permanent residence;[2] Argentine people come to Uruguay in search of a better quality of life.[3] The Uruguayan resort Punta del Este is famous as "the biggest Argentine seaside resort".[4]

The 2011 Uruguayan census revealed 26,782 people who declared Argentina as their country of birth.[5] In 2013, there were almost 6,000 Argentine citizens registered in the Uruguayan social security.[6]

Argentines in Uruguay have their own institutions, such as the Uruguayan-Argentine Institute, a bilingual school in Punta del Este.[7]

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  1. ^ Perfil migratorio de Argentina 2012 (PDF). Buenos Aires: International Organization for Migration. 2012. p. 184. ISBN 978-92-9068-657-6. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Foreign residents in Punta del Este". El Observador. 28 November 2013.  (in Spanish)
  3. ^ "A light on the other side of the river". La Nación. 22 February 2014.  (in Spanish)
  4. ^ "Argentine settlers in Punta del Este increasing". El Observador. 27 January 2013. (in Spanish)
  5. ^ "Immigration to Uruguay" (PDF). INE. Retrieved 6 March 2013.  (in Spanish)
  6. ^ "Foreign workers in Uruguay". EL PAIS. Retrieved 4 November 2013.  (in Spanish)
  7. ^ IUA (in Spanish)