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British people of Brazilian descent

by MINKA
British people of Brazilian descent

Brazilian British people (Portuguese: britânico brasileiro) are people in the United Kingdom, both British citizens and non-citizen immigrants, who are of Brazilian ancestry. The Brazilian British population is the largest Brazilian diaspora in Europe and the fourth largest on the planet, after the USA, Paraguay and Japan.

 

Background
Brazilians came to the UK from the 1980s onwards to study, but once they arrived some discovered that the major cities' (in particular London's) ethnic and cultural diversity offered more professional opportunities.[4] In part, this immigration of Brazilians to Britain is a consequence of the economic possibility of travel.[5] The Brazilian community has the biggest Latin American population throughout the whole of the UK. The Brazilian community in the UK is known for its multicultural diversity of European (including Portuguese, Spanish, German, and Italian), African and East Asian (mostly Japanese) elements.[6]


Population
It is hard to tell how many Brazilians actually live in the UK, as there has not been a census for seven years, in which time the population has changed dramatically. The 1991 Census recorded 9,301 Brazilian born people in the UK,[7] and the 2001 Census recorded 15,215,[1]. One estimate of the current British Brazilian population, including those of Brazilian descent, puts it at between 200,000 and 300,000.[8][9]


Population distribution
Like most minority ethnic groups in the United Kingdom, Brazilians are largely concentrated in the British capital London, where over 60,000 Brazilians are estimated to reside.[10] Bayswater in the City of Westminster is often known as Brazilswater, and in the London Borough of Brent, the Portuguese language is the second most spoken (after English) also due to the area's large Portuguese British population.[11] Other cities and towns with large Brazilian communities include Peterborough, Wisbech, Brighton, King's Lynn, Norfolk and Great Yarmouth.[citation needed]


Economics
According to 2001 findings, only 57.38% of new Brazilian migrants of working age to the UK were employed, compared to 80.7% for settled Brazilian-born immigrants, which makes them one of the most sucessful settled British ethnic groups.[12]


Sub-groups
Brazil is possibly the world's most ethnically diverse nation, and Brazilians are usually categorised into five sub-groups: White Brazilians, Pardos, Afro-Brazilians, Asian Brazilians and indigenous peoples. It is unknown what proportion of the Brazilian British population falls into each of these groups.


Culture

Food
Brazilian food, restaurants and bars are becoming increasingly popular across the UK, with the majority being found in the Brazilian hub that is London.[13] Rodizio Rico is a chain of Brazilian restaurants/bars that can be found in the capital[1]. Unlike Brazilian late night venues, which tend to be only located in the larger cities, Brazilian restaurants can be found across the United Kingdom[2].


Nightlife
Night clubs in the British capital have been heavily influenced by the Latin American culture,[14] and Brazilian themed clubs and bars can be found across the country.[citation needed] The most famous by far is the UK's largest Brazilian late night venue, Guanabara on Parker Street in Holborn, London[3], which is popular with Brazilians and non Brazilians alike and plays host to DJ's, live acts and much more. Other venues include Favela Chic in the City of London[4] and Brazilian Heat Night Club in Kingston-upon-Thames[5]. There are also various nightclubs and nightclub chains across the country which have Brazilian themed nights, Po Na Na Souk Bar is an example[6].


Media
The Brazilian television channel Rede Record can be found on Sky channel 801, and Record Radio can be found on 0206. There are also many newspapers throughout the UK, which cater specificly for the Brazilian British community.[15]


Sport
The Brazilian British population is so significant that there are even some Brazilian-organized teams playing in official English leagues: Brazilian Football Club (London)[16], Brazilians United Football Club (Bournemouth). Kickers is also a Brazilian team competing for the FutSal top league.

 

List of notable Brazilian British people

Sport

Roger Gracie - Practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and son of Mauricio Motta Gomes
Charles William Miller, Footballer

Entertainment
Philip Lynott, lead singer of Thin Lizzy
Christianne Oliveira, actress who played Carla Mitchell in Eastenders
Taio Cruz, singer
Cleo Rocos, actress
Seal, singer

Other
Josefina de Vasconcellos, sculptor

 Non-British Citizens
The list below is of Brazilian people who reside in the United Kingdom, but are not British citizens.

Juliano Belletti - Chelsea Right Back
Mauricio Motta Gomes - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitione
Antônio Pizzonia - Formula One racing driver
Nelson Angelo Piquet - Formula One racecar driver
Eduardo Reck Miranda - Composer of chamber and electroacoustic linked with various UK universities
Jean Charles de Menezes - Brazilian born immigrant shot dead as suspected terrorist in Stockwell, London
Carlos A. Peres - Ecologist and science writer at the University of East Anglia
 

 



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