A quarter of Brazilians aged 25 to 34 live with their parents in 2012, up from 20 percent in 2002, a study released Friday by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) reported.
According to the IBGE, 60 percent of the so-called "Kangaroo Generation" are men and women account for 40 percent. They generally work, study or do both and have a higher level of education, on average, compared with young adults who have left their parental home.
The study did not explain why these young adults decide to keep living with their parents, which is assumed to result from the fact that young workers in Brazil tend to be underpaid and can not afford to move out.
According to the IBGE, only 18.2 percent of Brazilians aged 15 to 29 earn more than double the monthly minimum wage, which is currently 1,356 reals (584 U.S. dollars).
In addition, the living costs in Brazil's large cities, such as Sao Paulo, Rio and Brasilia, are considered to be very high.
The number of young adults who do not work or study has also increased, representing 19.6 percent of Brazilians aged 15 to 29, or 9.6 million people, and most of them are women with children