Moving to (and Living in) Buenos Aires

Located on the south banks of the Río de la Plata estuary where the Uruguay and Paraná Rivers flow into the southern Atlantic ocean, Buenos Aires is the second largest city and most visited city in the South American continent. More than 2 million tourists flock to the Argentinian capital every year to sample the delights of its architecture, cuisine, music, nightlife and sport.

But temporary visitors aren’t the only form of inbound traffic. Buenos Aires has long been a hotspot for international migration and boasts large Italian, Spanish, Scottish, Greek, German, Syrian, Jewish, Lebanese, Japanese and Chinese communities. There is a large English speaking population. Attracted by the highest quality of life in Latin America, a religiously tolerant society and a newly progressive government, immigrants in Buenos Aires have made their influence felt in fields as diverse as music, film and politics (the current president, Cristina Kirchner is of German descent).

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Home of the largest port in Argentina, Buenos Aires is the point of departure for much of the countries exported goods and also serves as the distribution hub for much of South America’s imports. But the economy is not entirely based on trade and financial services – Buenos Aires is also the cultural hub of Argentina with the highest concentration of theatres anywhere in the world, the centre of the Tango tradition, the home of Argentine cinema and hosts several large music festivals and fashion events.

Heavily influenced by European architectural styles and often called the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires’ cityscape is a breathtaking mix of styles spanning from Spanish Colonial through French Bourbon to strikingly modern. Extensive public transport, a grid-pattern of streets and several city centre pedestrian zones make this treasure trove of a city navigable, walkable and, most importantly, very livable.