- Bulgarians in South America
Infobox Ethnic group
group=Bulgarians in South America
Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil
langs=Spanish, Portuguese, Bulgarian,
rels=Roman Catholic, Bulgarian Orthodox
Bulgarian people, other White Argentines, White Brazilians, etc.
Bulgarians (Spanish and _pt. búlgaros) have been settling in South America ( _bg. Южна Америка, "Yuzhna Amerika") as economic emigrants since the late 19th century. Their presence has been documented in
Uruguaysince 1905, in Argentinasince 1906 and in Brazilsince the early 20th century.
The Bulgarian diaspora in South America is strongest in Argentina, where 40,000 people of Bulgarian descent are thought to live, the diaspora itself assessing its size to be at least 80,000. However, according to official data, only around 3,000 people have declared Bulgarian nationality in Argentina. Bulgarians mainly live in
Buenos Aires, Berisso, Mar del Plata, Presidencia Roque Sáenz Peña, Las Breñasand Comodoro Rivadavia. The most significant wave of emigration was in the 1920s, following World War I, when over 20,000 Bulgarians (mostly northern Bulgaria: around Veliko Tarnovo, Lovech, Pleven, Vratsaand Targovishte) settled in Argentina. Some of them formed a compact community in the agricultural Chaco Province, introducing the first tractorto Chaco.
According to estimates, 1,800-5,000 Bulgarians live in Brazil, chiefly in
Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Porto Alegreand Belo Horizonte, including many Bessarabian Bulgariansand some Bulgarian Jews and Bulgarian Armenians. A notable Bulgarian diaspora also exists in Uruguay, numbering around 2,000. Most Bulgarians in this country live in Montevideo, with some in Fray Bentos, Punta del Este, Maldonado, Duraznoand Rocha. In the late 1920s, there were around 4,000 Bulgarians in Uruguay.
A smaller number of Bulgarians have also settled in
Mexico(today around 250-300, mostly in Mexico City), Cuba(today around 200, mostly in Havana), Chile(today around 150, mostly in Santiago), Venezuela(today around 130), Peru, Paraguay, Colombia.
* Miguel and Juan Lazaroff, founders of
Uruguayan football club Danubio F.C.(named after the Danube River)
João Cláudio Todorov, Brazilian psychologist, rector of the University of Brasília
Teodoro Petkoff(b. 1932), Venezuelan politician
Dilma Rousseff(b. 1947), Brazilian politician, firts Brazilian female Minister Chief of Staff and possible presidential hopeful in 2010
Jorge Lazaroff(1950ndash1989), Uruguayan composer
Myriam Moscona(b. 1955), Mexican journalist, translator and poet
Fabián Estoyanoff(b. 1982), Uruguayan footballer
Immigration to Argentina
Immigration to Brazil
Immigration to Uruguay
* [http://www.fab.org.ar/ Fundación Argentino Búlgara] es icon en icon
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