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.

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 . . .

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