Brazilians in Uruguay

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Brazilians in Uruguay
Total population
12,882 (2011 Uruguayan Census)[1]
Spanish and Portuguese
Christianity (mainly Roman Catholicism)
Palacio Brasil by night, Montevideo, headquarters of the Brazilian Club and the Uruguayan-Brazilian Cultural Institute.

Brazilian Uruguayans are people born in Brazil who live in Uruguay, or Uruguayan-born people of Brazilian descent.


There are lots of Brazilian-born persons living in Uruguay, for a number of reasons.[2] Above all, the frontier, which is one of the most permeable in the world; the neighboring cities of Rivera and Santana do Livramento, as a matter of fact, function closely as if they were a single big city. Then the languages spoken in both countries are mutually intelligible, with a hybrid variant, the Riverense Portuñol language. Historical reasons are also important: when the Southern Cone was disputed between the Spanish and Portuguese empires, a good portion of the territory of modern Uruguay changed hands several times. And, shortly before Uruguay was born as an independent nation, it was annexed to Brazil with the name of Cisplatine Province. Last, but not least, slavery was early abolished in Uruguay but persisted in Brazil for decades to come, so many Afro-Brazilian slaves escaped to Uruguay.


The 2011 Uruguayan census revealed 12,882 people who declared Brazil as their country of birth.[1] As of 2013, there are over 1,600 Brazilian workers registered in the Uruguayan social security.[3]

Well-off Brazilians are increasingly choosing the international seaside resort Punta del Este to spend their summer holidays, some of them even as permanent residence.[4]

There is a Uruguayan-Brazilian Cultural Institute in the center of Montevideo.[5]

Notable people[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Immigration to Uruguay" (PDF) (in Spanish). INE. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 August 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Brazilians in Uruguay (in Portuguese)
  3. ^ "Foreign workers in Uruguay" (in Spanish). EL PAIS. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Foreign residents in Punta del Este" (in Spanish). El Observador. 28 November 2013. 
  5. ^ ICUB (in Spanish)