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How many Brazilians are moving to the U.S.?

The rate of migration to the U.S. usually follows economic conditions at home in Brazil. We crunched the numbers with a view to identifying trends

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Last year, the U.S. issued 242,000 visas to Brazilian citizens, a sharp decrease from the 625,000 issued in 2019 and undoubtedly a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. With last year’s anomaly aside, however, the U.S. has always been a much sought-after destination for emigrating Brazilians, and visa trends are often indicative of economic phenomena back home.

Using figures from the U.S. State Department, data journalism website Pindograma took a look back at the progression of Brazilian migration to the U.S. over the last two decades, in search of eye-catching trends.

The first main finding is simply that the...

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