For Second Year Brazil Tops List of Foreigners Barred in Europe

Madrid International Airport For two years in a row, now, 2009 and 2010, Brazilians have been at the top of the list of foreigners refused entrance at European Union airports. In 2010, Brazilians were sixth on the list of foreigners arrested without proper documents in Europe.

Over 13,000 Brazilians were found living illegally in the EU, most of them in Portugal, Spain and France. According to the European agency for border control (Frontex), in 2010 slightly over 6,000 Brazilians were barred at EU airports (12% of all those barred).

Almost 30% of the Brazilians barred at airports were trying to disembark in Spain (1,813 cases). Another 673 were barred at French airports.

The reasons for barring the Brazilians were mainly ambiguous travel plans or inability to prove they could cover the costs of staying in Europe. For example, EU immigration officials require travelers to show they have at least 60 euros per each day of their intended stay.

The number of citizens being turned away has put Brazilian authorities on alert and they are preparing measures to reduce the problem.

“We have not been officially informed of these numbers,” says Maria Luiza Ribeiro Lopes da Silva, a diplomat who heads the Consular Department at the Foreign Ministry where a desk for Brazilians Abroad is located.

“What we do have are complaints from Brazilians who believe they have been treated unjustly in one way or another.”

Last year, Brazilian officials met with European colleagues to draw up ground rules so as to avoid embarrassing situations for visitors. The idea is get police and immigration agents familiar with cultural differences and prepare consular officers for eventual problems.

At the same time, the Itamaraty (Foreign ministry) has prepared a booklet with a list of recommended steps that Brazilians planning to visit, work or study in Europe should take to avoid any difficulties. According to Itamaraty, the idea is to make Brazilians aware of the possible problems they may face upon arrival in Europe.

Itamaraty stresses that any Brazilian who feels victimized by prejudice or arbitrary action has the right to consular assistance. In Brazil, further information for travelers can be obtained at 61-3411-6456. For Brazilians abroad, the number to call is 55-61-3411-8803. Information is also provided on the Internet at

Middle Class

Over 13 million Brazilians moved upward into the A, B and C socio-economic classes during a 21-month period ending this May. They were 13.3 million, according to a study entitled “The Emerging of the Emerging,” by the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV).

“A transformation of great magnitude is taking place in Brazil.” said Marcelo Neri, from the FGV, the man who coordinated the study. He attributes the transformation to increased income since 2003 and a corresponding, consistent drop in inequality for a whole decade.

Neri says the reasons for less inequality and more income are economic stability and inflation control. Another important factor has been better education in Brazil, he adds.

“FGV calculations show that improvements in education alone, as a constant factor, have raised income by around 2.2 percentage points annually. Education policy is the principal underlying reason for this social ascendancy,” declared Neri.

The FGV study found a recent spike as the upper classes (A and B) expanded 12.8%, and the C class got 11.1% bigger. However, a longer look, over the period since 2003, shows a bigger shift: over 48 million Brazilians moved upward.

Neri says there was a significant shrinking in the lowest rungs on the social ladder: the D and E classes. In 2003, there were over 96 million Brazilians at the bottom of the pyramid. Today they number around 63.6 million.

On the other hand, the size of the C class went from 45 million to over 105 million. And he explains the main reason for the reduction in the size of the lowest, E class, was the government subsidy program for the very poor, Bolsa Família.

As for the expansion of the middle class (C ) it has been going on since the mid 1990s, when the Real Plan was implanted and brought inflation under control, concluded Neri.



  • Show Comments (17)

  • Izznogood

    Seems to me
    I would not be surprised to learn, that “us obeserver” [yeah, well …] is some ugly redneck, who went to Brazil and was laughed out of the country coz his dick was so small …

  • us observer

    american joe ,true american, and dilma the che guevarra in drag
    so we then could surmise that since they are transfixed with any news regarding countries who are stopping brazilian nationals from entry with their fraudelent tourist visas and fake documents,etc. yes the word is out in the usa ,britain,spain, france ,austrailer, that these brazilians are attempting to enter their country to commit frauds ,thefts, and be a nuisance to its citizens ..SO ,,, Sorry you must go back home ..”ODOR PROGRESSO”.. English translation: “ODOR (STINKY) Like shit! And ,,PROGRESSO ( And progressing to more shit)or lots of stinky shit ..

  • us observer

    are all illegal brazilian nationals who are in britain ,france,the usa, inherently criminal parasites and pathological liars?

  • AmericanJoe

    Yes, send them all here to the States so we can sell them drugs and make them become big fatsos like the rest of us useless idiots.

  • us observer

    Breno Brendan, you speak through your ass

  • BrenoBrendan

    If the Brazilian Government had a choice they would expel all Brazilians from Brazil… Now tell me why would any other foreign government on this planet let them in?!

  • Triple-Dot

    us observer
    You observed everything and learned nothing, my friend. Have a great week end.

  • True American

    You still here you imbecile and by the way, that’s one hell of a paragraph, didn’t they teach you grammar at school

  • us observer

    the last laugh courtesy of ICE…….
    hahaha now that you have the facts …i suggest you pack your bags and take the next flight to rio,or s.p., or take your chances as a fugitive in america in violation of the laws on illegal presence and illegal entry…After all the worst that could happen is you will be arrested sent to prison for counterfeit documents and then permanently deported…your future is a dead end when you are illegal in britain,the usa,spain, or anywhere you illegal low life parasites go..YES !! we realize you have no respect!!!you have proven that very well ,you also are a parasitic inherently criminal lowlife who can be assured that you are not respected by anyone in the country you entered illegally or violated the terms of your visa …YOU are the LOSER ….hahahaha

  • True American

    “wars are not a problem when you have been the victors for 300 years!!..our specialized units of navy seals,special forces, airbourne divisions, and marines, cia,stealth air force ,and nuclear stealth navy,and far superior high tech precision weapons systems are unmatched the world over ..we have the largest military in the world!!..And we have no nation that could with stand a full assault on them from any one of our forces ..”

    What about 911

    “the usa is a sovereign nation of laws and any foreign nationals who enter the usa should show respect for its people (americans)and its laws ..or get OUT!!!.”

    You don’t respect but you want to be respected

  • True American

    ” being 100,s of years behind in infrastruture ,literacy”
    “country of 180 millions”

    Point proven.

    Piss off back to Ireland, idiot, before I kick you in the ass until your nose starts to bleed.

  • us observer

    Just a thought to set it straight with these know nothings
    the united states of america was founded by legal immigrants you fukking third world midget with a bad case of envy ,jealousy,low esteem,and insecurities….the usa is the worlds most powerfull country in the history of the world.and from its far superior technologys and innovations and inventions is the envy of the world …just ask your girl friend jose?..and thats without even mentioning its vast military superiority !!!..wars are not a problem when you have been the victors for 300 years!!..our specialized units of navy seals,special forces, airbourne divisions, and marines, cia,stealth air force ,and nuclear stealth navy,and far superior high tech precision weapons systems are unmatched the world over ..we have the largest military in the world!!..And we have no nation that could with stand a full assault on them from any one of our forces ..before you start with your juvenile inaccurate lies and misinformation on usa history you get from your 2 bit tin pot ministers and marxist wannabees leaders who serve you usefull idiots for “che” a dose of anti-american propaganda to numb your primitive senses from your real realities of being 100,s of years behind in infrastruture ,literacy,and virtually no middle class ,in short a third world agriculture economy with a mere 14 thousand families controlling your country of 180 millions…the usa is a sovereign nation of laws and any foreign nationals who enter the usa should show respect for its people (americans)and its laws ..or get OUT!!!..

  • True American

    What about the idiots that have been here for hundreds of years and offsprings.
    I already told you piss off to Europe and stay there.
    And if create more wars that’s your problem.

  • us observer

    not surprised expect other nations to follow by blocking these illegal brazilians from entry..they are high violaters of immigration laws
    the illegal brazilian nationals who have the ignorant nerve to claim they are being treated unjustly is typical of these rude little crass types that seem to have pitifull excuses when they are apprehended for being in a country illegally which apparently western nations of the usa,britain,france,etc have known about and want an end to this sending of brazilian nationals to these countries where their full intent is to overstay ,be in violations of laws on illegal presense and other companion crimes ..

  • True American

    What a joke.

    911 was the biggest scam ever and the (u)suckers bought it and are fighting amongst themselves

  • True American

    Whilst you’re at it, send all the the Europeans and their off springs that are here in N.America back to Europe, we don’t want or need you here.
    Piss off where you came from.

  • us observer

    Sorry !! No Entry,, Cuz you lied ,,thats why …
    hey seriously what is this an article written to teach fiction to 6 th graders or are you going to get real … this is insulting and moronic !!!…the reason these brazilian nationals (and I really can,t believe even the most ignorant among us wouldn,t all ready know is,,, the reason the brazilian nationals are denied entry is because they ABUSE THE TERMS OF THEIR VISAS BY OVERSTAYING AND BECOME IMMIGRATION LAW FUGITIVES AND VIOLATERS SUBJECT TO ARREST AND DEPORTATION MUCH LIKE THEY DO WHEN THEY PULL THE SAME INSULTING AND DISRESPECTFULL SH*T IN THE USA …Passport frauds and fake documents is rampant among illegal brazilian nationals circles and they are facilitating some of this. ..the remittances from these brazilian nationals illegally in usa,britain,france,japan,austrailer might explain the increase in some brazilians ordering pizza take out or perhaps the up-tick in cheap gaudy jeans and baseball hats the shiny used hondas look good with their acura tail-lights though,and of course the used VW Golfs are auwsome with their loud stovepipe exaust the sudden blip of new concrete re-bar orders was noticed ,,hopefully for these poor saps that immigration police don,t arrest and detain /deport them before the cement block arrives for their casa !!…oh well such is the life of an immigration law the case of us laws on illegal presense and or entry the future seems to imply without question the overwhelming majority of the us citizens (americans) want the laws enforced …it probably means the americans might just might be fed up with this blatant and very unsettling problem of lack of rule of law and would prefer these foreign nationals return home to their country of origin and use their skills in their beloved homeland …”Ordem Progresso” !!… Bye BYe…

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