The world is becoming more politically volatile and nowhere is this appetite for change more evident than in Brazil. Comparisons between the incoming president and President Trump have abounded, earning Jair Bolsonaro the moniker “the Trump of the tropics.” He is, like Trump, an avid social media user, publicly feuds with mainstream media outlets he calls “fake news,” and has cultivated an enthusiastic following among Brazil’s social and religious conservatives.
But unlike Trump, Bolsonaro is a seasoned political figure. He is Brazil’s fifth elected president since Brazil returned to democracy after the 1964-85 military dictatorship that he himself once praised and is now running a country of 200 million suffering from prolonged economic malaise, rising insecurity and a massive corruption scandal that rocked its institutions.
It’s a heady mix and a sizeable problem that has seen interest grow among Brazilians in the UK’s Tier 1 Investor Visa programme. The benefits of a stable political environment (notwithstanding Brexit), rule of law and world class education system are enough to recommend significant investigation of the UK. It’s not the only option but it is for many seeking a new home. In August last year, the news.com.au reported that Brazil’s best and brightest were fleeing the country in search of a safer environment. ‘Thousands of the country’s elite — from lawyers and doctors to TV and film stars — have been moving…’
Concerns included lawlessness. Violence is one of the main concerns driving the trend out of Brazil. The New York Times ran a feature last year saying “murder has become a normal part of life” in Rio de Janeiro, the former capital. Brazil’s government is struggling to keep track of how many of its citizens have fled but in the October 2018 presidential elections, 41 per cent more Brazilians had registered to vote abroad than in the last election in 2014.
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