Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro

Jair Bolsonaro Fast Facts

The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, believes that “Brazilians don’t want to assimilate” and has said his government will bring a “military-style” approach to immigration and asylum policies.

Bolsonaro also thinks the country is currently under threat from “criminal migrants” and will have the “right stuff” to deter and prevent “immigrants from leaving.”

Bolsonaro, 55, has served as the mayor of Brasília since 2011 and is a vocal proponent of right-wing politics. A former paratrooper, he was a presidential candidate in 2002 and 2012, receiving more than 20 percent of the vote in the first round and less than 5 percent in the second.

The son of a military officer, Bolsonaro was born in the city of Rio de Janeiro. After his father, a general, moved to the town of Januário, where he was stationed, he raised his family in a rural home by himself. The family was of modest means, and his mother became a homemaker while his father worked to provide for the family.

Bolsonaro’s mother, Heloisa, left him in the care of a nanny she had picked up from a former nanny when she worked at a local school. His father, who was often out of the country, died of a heart attack in 1991, and his brother was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1997.

Heloisa returned to Brazil in 1999, married again and had four children. She died in 2004 from ovarian cancer. He was 23 years old.

Bolsonaro’s upbringing was not one of privilege, however: His grandfather ran a butcher shop next to a Catholic church, while he grew up watching football games with his father.

“Brazil has a terrible history of intolerance,” Bolsonaro told a journalist in 2013. “It’s a very violent country.”

He said that in a country whose constitution is “open to criticism,” people will criticize his government’s policies.

“You won’t be tolerant of criticism because it

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