Venezuelans in Uruguay

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Venezuelan Uruguayans are people born in Venezuela who live in Uruguay, or Uruguayan-born people of Venezuelan descent.

According to official data, over 12,000 Venezuelans entered Uruguay in 2016.[1]


There are many Venezuelan-born individuals living in Uruguay, for a number of reasons. Both countries share the Spanish language; their historical origins are common (part of the Viceroyalty of the River Plate, Spanish Empire); both countries are members of MERCOSUR, there is no need for special migration documents, and circulation is relatively easy. It is also easy for Venezuelans to obtain permanent residence in Uruguay.[2]

Uruguay is a very small, quiet country, with wide beaches on the Atlantic Ocean, so many well-off Venezuelans choose Uruguay as their usual holiday destination, some of them even as permanent residence. Other Venezuelans of a lower social condition come to Uruguay in search of job opportunities, as part of a big inflow of Latin Americans coming to Uruguay.[3]

The 2011 Uruguayan census revealed almost 1,000 people who declared Venezuela as their country of birth.[4] As of 2013, there were 62 Venezuelan citizens registered in the Uruguayan social security.[5] In 2015, more and more Venezuelans are coming to Uruguay, running away from their uncertain future; some ask for political asylum.[6]

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  1. ^ "Complex immigration numbers". Búsqueda. 5 January 2017. (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Venezuelans coming to Uruguay (in Spanish)
  3. ^ "Venezuelan young people coming to Uruguay". El Observador. 2 May 2014. (in Spanish)
  4. ^ "Immigration to Uruguay" (PDF). INE. Retrieved 6 March 2013. (in Spanish)
  5. ^ "Foreign workers in Uruguay". EL PAIS. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013. (in Spanish)
  6. ^ "Venezuelan people coming to Uruguay". El País. 21 Nov 2015. (in Spanish)

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