A middle class besieged: Brazilians' motives to migrate

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Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork with Brazilian immigrants in Lisbon, this article explores some of the reasonswhy international migration became an alternative strategy for young middle-class people who hoped to maintain their class position. The role of the Brazilian "crisis" of the 1980-1990s is analyzed here in terms of people's decision to leave the country; the argument is that in addition to a situation of relative economic deprivation, many middle-class Brazilians also felt alienated from their country as the promises of a process of modernity were never delivered. Many believed they had nothing to lose by leaving the country. © 2012 by the American Anthropological Association.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-130
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


  • Brazil
  • Economics
  • Middle class
  • Migration


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