Uruguayans in Venezuela

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Uruguayan Venezuelans are people born in Uruguay who live in Venezuela, or Venezuelan-born people of Uruguayan descent. Modern estimates put the figure of Uruguayans in Venezuela at ca. 9,000.[1]


There are lots of Uruguayan-born persons living in Venezuela, for a number of reasons. Both countries share the Spanish language; the historical origins of both nations is common (part of the Spanish Empire until the early 19th century); Venezuela has a bigger economy, which attracted Uruguayans in search of opportunities; and, from the political point of view, during the civic-military dictatorship of Uruguay (1973-1985) Venezuela stayed a democratic country, so there were several Uruguayans that went exiled to Venezuela. But in recent years of Chavism, some of them are going back to Uruguay.[2]

Uruguayan residents in Venezuela have their own institutions, for instance, the Uruguayan-Venezuelan Center[3] and the Consultative Council in Caracas.[4]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Where did Uruguayans go?". El Observador. 13 August 2017.  (in Spanish)
  2. ^ "Venezuelan people coming to Uruguay". El País. 21 Nov 2015.  (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Centro Uruguayo Venezolano (in Spanish)
  4. ^ "List of Consultative Councils of Uruguayans abroad". Retrieved 1 November 2013.  (in Spanish)