“Reverse Brain-Drain” Benefits Brazil as Europeans and Expats Alike Set Their Sights on South America

Picture: Klaus with K (CC)

As Europe continues to struggle with austerity, native Brazilians are returning to their homeland and bringing their European peers with them. Are we witnessing more signs of a shake-up in the global social order? Who is a “first world” country now?

Via the Christian Science Monitor:

Golden age migration is palpable, says Helion Póvoa Neto, a migration expert at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. “There is this sensation of Brazil as a new land of opportunity. There is something new happening.”

Today, Cariocas navigate subways and buses to a din of Greek- and Spanish-accented conversation; they plow into heaps of lunchtime beans and farofa in downtown Rio restaurants alongside Portuguese workers; and Rio hillside favelas (slums) are being gentrified by foreigners daunted by the pricier beachside enclaves.

Many foreign newcomers are just trying to get ahead in careers stalled at home. But their very presence is changing Brazil.

Read more at the Christian Science Monitor.

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  • Raz

    Here in São Paulo somedays i barely hear portuguese when i walk the streets. There is french, english, chinese, korean, probably other asian language, some african language. It’s kinda amusing.

    • Matt Staggs

      I’ve got a couple of Brazilian friends, and they say the same thing. It’s a very diverse culture already, right?

      • Raz

        Yes and no. Racially we are very diverse, all kinds of mixes. But socially the rich are all white, more high in the social ladder more white (and douche bag-ish) our society is.

      • 1plakat

        The European slave owners never left. The socio-economic structure is similar to the US with a smaller middle class along side extreme rich and extreme poor. Now the middle class is experiencing growth, sometimes rapid and a healthy middle class is ideal for a society. I like the infusion of expats which bring innovation and more diversity and usually with new immigrants, start up small businesses which are the core of local economies. Brazil is diverse and vibrant with room for a lot of special conditions to happen within the country and its various regions. The obvious thing about brazil is the natural resources of the country, from tourist spots to totally remote vast wildness to the west and north; with the bigger middle class petty crime should drop and thats one of the biggest problems i see with living in brazil and of course government corruption that is plain to see. The other thing to watch out for is the presence of new diseases in the new world which people are not used to but world class soccer and beautiful people even that out; new sports like tackle football are also gaining popularity. Information technology and aviation also make the stay away from the home land more tolerable, making brazil an ideal new frontier for nation development, if skilled labor and lucrative industries are properly developed and also not allowed to become over developed in respect to the environment, conditions could become truly great. Lastly Brazilian culture is full of quirks which make the country unlike any other in the world and with its small military spending, its a good choice when it comes to what nation has more power as we don’t need anymore empire building.

    • BuzzCoastin

      of all the BRICS
      Brazil has the most to offer to expats looking for an alternative to the US & EU

  • kowalityjesus

    You bring up a point with the idea of “who has traditionally been on top may not necessarily be forever so.” But “first,” “2nd,” and “3rd” world are only terms denoting battle lines from the cold war allies, axis, and pawns respectively. Today it’s only a feel-good title for everybody that still imagines themselves imperial masters, somewhat fallaciously I might add.

  • http://www.zoboprepublic.wordpress.com/ zobop republic

    Comments aside; will this be a ‘boon’ OR a ‘bane’ to Brazil? Is this brain-drain OR brain-washing?

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