Uruguayans in Argentina

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Uruguayan Argentine
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Total population
116,592 (2010 Census)[1]
Regions with significant populations

A Uruguayan Argentine is an Argentine citizen of Uruguayan descent or a Uruguay-born person who resides in Argentina. As of 2012, there were over 116,000 Uruguayans living in Argentine territory.[2]


Current data put the figure of Uruguayans in Argentina at over 200,000.[3]

There are lots of Uruguayan-born persons living in Argentina, 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. Argentina has a much bigger economy, which has always attracted Uruguayans in search of opportunities; the cultural scene is intense, so many talented Uruguayan actors and entertainers have succeeded in their artistic careers in Argentina. And last, but not least, Uruguayans value and praise Argentina as a nice tourist and holidaying destination; especially a "shopping paradise".[4]

Uruguayan residents in Argentina have their own institutions, for instance, the Consultative Council in Buenos Aires[5] or the Center of Uruguayan Residents in Mar del Plata "José Gervasio Artigas".[6]


The causes of Uruguayan immigration to Argentina are several. Among these, in addition to the 1973 Uruguayan coup d'état are: improved living conditions, job search, fleeing the economic, socio-cultural similarity with Argentina, among others. Most settled throughout the Argentine territory, but mainly in the City of Buenos Aires and the surrounding metropolitan area and the rest of the Buenos Aires Province.

A notable group of Uruguayan humorists developed their career on both countries, Argentina and Uruguay: Ricardo Espalter, Raimundo Soto, Eduardo D'Angelo, Julio Frade, Enrique Almada. During the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s they commuted frequently to record famous television comedies: Jaujarana, Hupumorpo, Comicolor, Híperhumor.

Notable Uruguayan Argentines and Argentines with Uruguayan ancestors[edit]

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ El País. "Radiografía de los uruguayos" (in Spanish).
  2. ^ "Uruguayans in Argentina" (in Spanish). EL PAIS. 27 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Where did Uruguayans go?". El Observador. 13 August 2017. ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  4. ^ "Argentina cheaper than Uruguay" (in Spanish). EL PAIS. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  5. ^ CCBaires ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  6. ^ CRUMdP