Uruguayan people or Uruguayans (Spanish: Uruguayos) are the citizens of the Uruguay. The country is home to people of different national origins. As a result, Uruguayans do not equate their nationality with ethnicity, but with citizenship. Uruguay is, along with most of the Americas, a melting pot of different peoples, with the difference that it has traditionally maintained a model that promotes cultural assimilation, hence the different cultures have been absorbed by the mainstream. Uruguay has one of the most homogeneous populations in South America with the most common ethnic backgrounds are Spanish, especially Basques, Catalans, Castilians, Galicians, and Canarians, followed by Italians, Portuguese, and French.