By Brennan Stark, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The number of foreigners residing in Brazil has increased by 52.4 percent over the past six months, reported the Ministério da Justiça (Ministry of Justice). The new data marks the first time in two decades wherein the amount of immigrants surpassed the number of Brazilians living abroad. Bolivians made up 40 percent of the immigration amnesty applicants in 2009, image recreation. The figures, which took into account those that live in Brazil for work, study, or to accompany a spouse, had reached nearly 1.5 million by June 2011. With major NGO’s estimating another 600,000 living illegally in Brazil, the figures now surge past two million. Among legal immigrants, the largest groups are of Portuguese origin, Bolivian, Paraguayan and Chinese, in that order. The wave of foreigners moving to Brazil contrasts sharply with the steep decline of Brazilians emigrating to other countries. The Ministry of Justice estimates that two million Brazilians now live abroad, as compared to four million in 2005. National Secretary of Justice Paulo Abrão suggests the new balance in migration is largely due to Brazil’s recent economic boom, which occurred at a time when the U.S., European, and Japanese markets were in crisis. The accommodating policies of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who in 2009 granted immigration amnesty to those then living illegally in Brazil with the possibility of permanent residency status within two years, has added to the number. The largest groups that received the immigration amnesty are the Bolivians (40 percent of the total of about 47,000 temporary visas issued), Chinese (13 percent), Peruvians (11 percent), Paraguay (10 percent) and Korean (3 percent). Read more (in Portuguese). * The Rio Times Daily Update is a new feature we are offering to help keep you up-to-date with major news as it happens. 11 Responses to "Brazil’s Immigration Surges 52 Percent: Daily" Pingback: Don’t Forget Brazil’s Emigrants | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Japanese Culture and Architecture in São Paulo | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Haitian Immigration in Brazil Grows: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Brazil to Facilitate Work Visas for Foreign Professionals | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Paraguay Landless Seek Brasilian Farmers' Evictions | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Expat Marketing » Which expat markets are crisis-proof? Pingback: Expat Marketing » Which expat markets are crisis-proof? Pingback: Brazil Work Visas for Foreign Professionals « Brazil Immigration Specialists HOME Pingback: Lawyer in Rio de Janeiro, Alves Jacob | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Increase in Foreigners Moving to Brazil: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Brazil Opens Doors to More Seeking Asylum: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.