Desperate Europeans Are Entering Sham Marriages To Get Brazilian Visas

Rio Christ Brazil

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Being young and European right now can be pretty bleak, with the average EU youth unemployment rate standing at 22.4% — and rates in Spain verging on a Great Depression-like 51%.Unsurprisingly, a lot of young Europeans want to move abroad, but moving abroad isn’t always easy — or even legal.

This report in Brazilian newspaper Fohla De S. Paulo shows the lengths young Europeans are going to to get a Visa — marriage, temporary apartment moves, a few thousand dollars payment to a bride.

It’s not easy but its the best option for many of those who want to get a permanent visa for Brazil, and it seems like a lot of people want to work in Brazil, where unemployment rates sit currently at 5.8%.

“I’m a bit afraid, but I know three Germans in Rio and an American in São Paulo who did the same,” 31-year-old Spanish student tells Fohla De S.Paulo. “I could look for a job in Germany, where I was before I lost my job. But Europe is getting worse and worse, while the situation here is just the opposite.”

Read at English translation of the article at WorldCrunch >

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