this study aimed to understand the main conditions and setting of the brazilian immigrants formations in the portuguese context. specifically, the aim was to clarify which factors contribute to determine the searching for health services in the host country. the sample was consisted by 75 brazilians who live in portugal, from which 35 were men and 40 were women. the data were collected by a socio-demographic questionnaire and analyzed by descriptive and inferential statistics. the results showed an increasing of a brazilian immigrants' profile in portugal, and the insertion of such into a group of social risk, reflected in their psychological and social conditions, and more specifically in the health field.