The number of Brazilian immigrants in Italy nearly doubled under Bolsonaro’s government

  • Rafael Barifauz
  • From BBC News Brazil to Sao Paulo

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Student Ana Scarpa moved to Italy last year.

Student Ana Lais Scarpa was once standing in line at a supermarket in Arsignano, where she lives in northern Italy with a population of 25,000, when she heard something familiar.

“There was a woman there who spoke Portuguese. I waited for her to finish and joked: “Wow, there are a lot of Brazilians here, right?!” It happened a few times,” she says.

Ana moved there last September to work as a nanny and apply for Italian citizenship – on the other hand, her great-great-grandfather emigrated from Italy to Brazil in the late 19th century.

The desire to do this appeared when the pandemic began. She decided she no longer wanted to go to Belo Horizonte, where she studied nutrition at the Federal University of Minas Gerais.

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