Brazilian Landslides & Argentinian Citizenship

February 23, 2023

 

A couple of notable news stories from the past week in Latin America.

 

Landslides in Brazil Result in Over 40 Deaths

More than 40 people lost their lives in landslides after a record amount of rain fell in the coastal area east of São Paulo this week.

Locals and rescue workers have joined forces to continue searching for a further forty that are still missing in the town of São Sebastião, where all but one of the deaths occurred.

Earth and rock came tumbling down throughout the region after 26 inches of rain fell within 24 hours.

More heavy rain is forecast for the coming days, in a country where more than nine million people are believed to be living in areas prone to mudslides or flooding.

5,000 Pregnant Russian Women Enter Argentina

Over 5,000 pregnant women from Russia have entered Argentina during recent months, to ensure their babies are born in Argentina.

As a result of the war in Ukraine, it is understood the women want to ensure their babies are born in the country so they can gain citizenship, attracted by visa-free entry laws in Argentina and a highly regarded health service.

On one occasion this month, 33 pregnant women arrived in Buenos Aires on one flight, claiming to be visiting the country as tourists.

However, ‘birth tourism’ for Russian citizens into Argentina has become a multi-million dollar business, with at least one Russian language website offering  packages for expecting mothers to give birth in Argentina.

 

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