Brazilian Expatriates in the U.S.: Which State Is Number One?

 People from Brazil who want to live abroad most often choose to move to the United States. This is why there are so many Brazilians living there. This choice is based on a lot of factors, including job prospects, safety, quality of life, language, and way of life. According to information given by the Immigration and Naturalization Service in 2017, there are now about 1.4 million Brazilians living in the United States. AG Immigration says that more and more qualified people are leaving Brazil to find better job chances and more safety in the United States. People with the right skills have been looking for a new life abroad with their families. Florida, California, Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey are the five U.S. states where 73% of the people who live there are from Brazil.

Since Florida is one of the states with the most Brazilians living there, it is clear that there are a lot of Brazilians living there

Florida is home to about 22% of the Brazilians who live in the United States. More than 300,000 Brazilians live in Florida, according to Itamaraty. Miami has the third-largest Brazilian population of any city in the country. An estimate from Itamaraty says that there are about 350,000 Brazilians living in the state of Massachusetts, mostly in the Greater Boston area. Most Brazilians live in towns like Framingham that are close to Boston. There are almost 30,000 Brazilians living in New Jersey. In that area, the city of East Newark has the most people who were born or are related to Brazilians. City-Data lists the following as the top 5 U.S. communities with the highest number of people born in Brazil: Florida and Loch Lomond 15.8% Bonnie Loch-Woodsetter North, Florida 7.2% North Bay Village, Florida 7.1% East Newark, NJ 6.7% Massachusetts city of Framingham 6.6% It is one of the world's biggest countries, has a full and vibrant democracy, a diverse population and geography, a love of coffee, and a long history of welcoming people from all over the world. That statement clearly talks about the United States, but it also talks about Brazil perfectly. It's not a coincidence that those two countries have a lot in common, whether it's politics, history, or culture. Due to a number of political crises in the last ten years, more Brazilians have been looking to move to the United States in search of a better life. The US Department of Homeland Security reports that during the 2019 fiscal year, nearly 20,000 green cards were given to people from Brazil. A record high. There were 18,000 green cards given out in 2021, which was the second-highest number since DHS began keeping track.

When you ask Brazilians why they are going to the US, they give the same answer as other immigrants

They want a safer place to live and a good job, which are both hard to find in their home country right now. One dollar is equal to five reals, so the chance of getting paid in US dollars is another plus. But there's more to it than just the fact that more and more Brazilians want to live in the US permanently these days. Also, they're not at all like the people who came in the 1990s. In Brazil, higher education has grown at a rate that has never been seen before in the last 20 years. This was mostly seen among the political and business elite. According to figures from the federal government, the number of students in Brazil taking a graduation course rose from 2.7 million in 2000 to 8.6 million in 2019. As a result, this completely changed the type of person who moved from Brazil to the US. People used to come to the US looking for low-paying work that didn't require much skill. Professional Brazilians—those who graduated from college in the last 20 years—are now more common in the United States. They work as dentists, doctors, bankers, TI analysts, nurses, commercial pilots, biologists, environment scientists, marketing specialists, developers, and C-suite executives. For example, Brazilian dentists are some of the best in the world, and they are revalidating their diplomas in the US at a rate that has never been seen before. This is because there aren't enough workers in their field. Plus, Brazil is one of the five places where the most Employment-Based (EB) cards are given out. It's also one of the top places where the most H-1B visas are issued. No matter what visa you choose, Brazil will be near the top of the list.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil says that there are 1.8 million Brazilians living in the US. This makes the US the largest Brazilian group outside of Brazil, beating out Portugal in second place.

The US Census says that 499,000 Brazilians live in the US

Even though that number is much lower than what the South American government said, it is still a very important and major one. This group of people will keep growing because more and more people can get into colleges. Also, because social media is becoming more and more a part of our lives, Brazilians can see almost real-time on Instagram, YouTube, or TikTok how their countrymen are doing in America. A study by the Brazilian Think Tank Getúlio Vargas shows that 47% of young people (15–29 years old) want to leave Brazil. Another study by Datafolha puts the number at 76%, which includes people who want to leave Brazil a little or a lot. And it makes sense that the US is their first choice after hearing everything that has been said. People from Brazil will likely move to the United States more in the coming years, especially if the Brazilian economy doesn't grow. More than that, Brazilians are expected to become one of the largest groups of foreigners living in the United States. This will strengthen the bonds between the two countries even more.


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