Although the vast majority of Paraguayans were mestizos and the
population was largely homogeneous, minorities became an
increasingly significant force during the 1970s and 1980s.
Paraguay's population historically had included small numbers of
immigrants from Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America.
During the 1970s, however, thousands of Brazilian settlers crossed
the border into Paraguay's eastern departments, dramatically
affecting life there. During the same period, thousands of Koreans
and ethnic Chinese settled in urban Paraguay. Finally, there were
the remnants of the country's original Indian population who
continued to follow an indigenous way of life.
Data as of December 1988