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The management of difference: reflections on policies concerning immigration and the control of foreigners in Portugal and Brazil

DOI: 10.1590/S1809-43412012000100011

Keywords: immigration legislation, brazilian-portuguese relations, national identity, legal anthropology.

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this article conducts an anthropological reflection on portuguese legislation concerning immigration control and the concession of nationality, and compares it with brazilian laws governing the entrance, stay and departure of foreigners, and also the naturalization process in that country. the objective is to use a particular european example of "difference management" and compare it to the current brazilian legislative context (including proposed law 5655, which is being deliberated by the brazilian national congress), in an attempt to identify significant similarities or distinctions. although their contexts are quite different, i believe that the detailed comparison of these bodies of law contributes to understanding contemporary processes for managing international migration and the production of illegality and invisibility of immigrants.

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