European and Levantine countries from where there was significant emigration to Brazil, early half of the 20th century. Monument to fóruns estrangeiros immigrant in Caxias do Sul, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.
Immigration to Brazil is the movement to Brazil of foreign persons to reside permanently. It should not be confused with the colonisation of the country by the Portuguese, or with the forcible bringing of people from Africa as slaves. In general, it is considered that people who entered Brazil up to 1822, the year of independence, were colonizers. Since then, those who entered the independent nation were immigrants.
Before 1871, the number of immigrants rarely exceeded two or three thousand people a year. Immigration increased pressure from the first end of the international slave trade to Brazil, after the expansion of the economy, especially in the period of large coffee plantations in the state of São Paulo. 2000, Brazil received about 6 million immigrants. Total of foreign people authorized to work in Brazil by state in 2009. People authorized to work in Brazil by origin in 2009. Arrival of the Portuguese to Northeast Brazil in 1500. When Brazil was invaded as a new land in the New World by the Portuguese in 1500, its native population was composed of about 2.
4 million Amerindians whose ancestors had been living there for the last 15,000 to 20,000 years. After 1530, the Portuguese started to settle in Brazil in significant numbers. However, Portugal had a small population to develop the exploitation of Brazil. By 1550, the colonists started to bring African slaves. From 1500, when the Portuguese reached Brazil, until its independence in 1822, from 500,000 to 700,000 Portuguese settled in Brazil, 600,000 of whom arrived in the 18th century alone.