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    Uruguayan migratory current begin five years ago approximately. Uruguay a little southamerican country of aprox?

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    WILDSOUND. In the centenario soccer stadium of Montevideo the stands almost empty, an evidence of the people's retraction of the most popular sport. The city where half of the inhabitants of the county live, shows the same thing on its streets. Avenue 18 de Julio, main avenue in the city, shows the emptiness of the city, without people or just a few, and it is only the elder ones that one sees, young people can hardly be seen. Old people predominate against the young people who have taken the steps of emigration by whichever mens they could. After a notice appeared on one of the local newspapers, saying that numbers would be given for people to be able to arrange for a passport in a central square, (as authorities did not want people to go the police station) around 2,000 people turned up.

    The huge queue can be seen from the monument of la Carreta of the sculptor jose Belloni. People of all ages keep arriving to the que hoping to be able to obatain a number to arrange passport, which few uruguayan lack of, due to the high uruguayan emigration which exists in the country lately. People drinking mate, children in arms, people with ponchos. travel blankets etc.


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    Background: Uruguayan migratory current begin five years ago approximately. Uruguay a little southamerican country of aprox 187.000 square meters with 2.500.000 inhabitants is facing a sharp economical trouble. The big Tupamaro guerrila was practically destroyed by the army at the end of 1972. The economical situation began to deteriorate and therefore because of political troubles and lack of work emigration current began to flow. At first artist and intelectuals and scientist were on the first line. One of the garget is the Argentine republic the neighbour country. It is estimate that one million and a half of uruguayan is living and working there. In the United States about 20.000 uruguayan working there. In Australia 30.000 uruguayans working. Each month a charter plane comes to Montevideo to pick up "clients". The emigration to Argentina is about 100 persons per day. The 20% of the people living in economic hotels are uruguayans. Therefore the aspect of Uruguay is very sad. Empty streets. Empty football staedmus. middle age people and a tense ealu.

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