Findings From a New National Poll Show That 54% of Brazilians Living in the U.S. Have Not Returned to Brazil Between 4 and 8 Years

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Reporting from an on-going survey of the immigrant community, guiadoimigrante.com released startling results suggesting that 53.71 percent of Portuguese speaking immigrants have not returned to their home country between 4 and 8 years. The poll, taken between February 24, 2007, and March 4, 2007, asked how long it has been that you have not returned to your home country after entry into the United States.

Reporting from an on-going survey of the immigrant community, guiadoimigrante.com released startling results suggesting that 53.71 percent of Portuguese speaking immigrants have not returned to their home country between 4 and 8 years. The poll, taken between February 24, 2007, and March 4, 2007, asked how long it has been that you have not returned to your home country after entry into the United States.

Other surprising findings were that almost 9 percent of the respondents have lived in the U.S. for over 10 years and almost 92 percent have lived in the U.S. for over two years without leaving the U.S.

The sample is of the immigrant Portuguese speaking population and does not distinguish between those legal in the United States and those that are illegal.

Narrative Summary

How many years have you been living in the U.S. without returning to Brazil or Portugal?

Less than 2 years    %

2 years to 4 years    %

4 to 8 years        %

8 to 10 years        %

more than 10 years    %

Moses Apsan, Esq., an immigration attorney representing the Portuguese speaking community for over 20 years, stated that the finding was not surprising. "Since 1997 when the immigration laws created a 10 year bar to re-entry for most everyone that remained in the U.S illegally for a period grater than one year, many illegal aliens have decided to remain in the U.S. to await a new amnesty law. Hopefully Congress will see fit to pass an immigration reform act this year."

Guiadoimigrante.com is a Portuguese language website dedicated to assist immigrants in their transition to the American life style. Founded in 2000, they have many thousands of loyal visitors that can provide a significant opportunity to study immigrants from Portuguese speaking countries.

The poll reached 1,457 visitors to the http://www.guiadoimigrante.com web site. Full results, as well as results of other polls are available at http://www.guiadoimigrante.com/enquetes.php.

For more information contact Joao Vianna at 212-661-3344.

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