Uruguayans in Spain

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Uruguayans in Spain are people born in Uruguay who emigrated to Spain. As of 2011, there were over 40,000 Uruguayans living in Spain.[1]


Two centuries ago, Uruguay used to be part of the Spanish Empire. Since attaining independence, Uruguay has always considered Spain as the Madre Patria, and cultivated intense cultural and economical links between both countries. During the last decades of the 20th century and first years of the 21st, there have been thousands of Uruguayans travelling to live and work in Spain,[1] many of them thanks to their Spanish passports.

During the civic-military dictatorship of Uruguay (1973-1985), some expatriates spent their exile years in Spain. There are as well a number of Spanish-born people of Uruguayan descent.

Expatriate Uruguayans have their own associations in Spain, notably the Uruguayan Center of Madrid[2] and several Consultative Councils.[3] Official information consider that there are at least 50 Uruguayan-run organizations in Spain.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Uruguayans, the unknown migrants" (PDF). CIPIE. Retrieved 27 October 2013.  (Spanish)
  2. ^ Uruguayan Center of Madrid (Spanish)
  3. ^ "List of Consultative Councils of Uruguayans abroad". Retrieved 1 November 2013.  (Spanish)
  4. ^ Uruguayan organizations abroad (Spanish)