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How Well Is Brazil Handling an Influx of Venezuelans?

Brazil’s government has resettled some 100,000 Venezuelans who have arrived in the neighboring country. Venezuelan migrants in Brazil are pictured. // File Photo: Agência Brasil.

Brazil is sending thousands of Venezuelan migrants to its southern states as part of a program that offers eligible applicants work permits, the Associated Press reported May 16. The “interiorization” program, launched in 2018 to relieve pressure from the northern state of Roraima, has resettled about 100,000 of the 426,000 Venezuelans who have migrated to Brazil. The highest rate was recorded in March, with 3,377. How well is Brazil managing the inflow of Venezuelan migrants, and how effective is the program? How have political relations between the two countries evolved since the onset of the crisis?

Richard Kiy, president & CEO of the Institute of the Americas: “Brazil has been among the countries in South America most affected by the influx of Venezuelan migrants, particularly in its northern states of Roraima and Amazonas. To counteract this flow of Venezuelan migrants, Brazil has implemented several measures to respond to these migration pressures, including setting up shelters and humanitarian assistance centers to provide temporary housing, food and medical care. Brazil has also worked to regularize the status of these Venezuelan migrants by allowing them to obtain temporary residence permits. That said, the large influx of migrants to Brazil’s northern states has put a strain on local resources. Hence, Brazil’s efforts to incentivize Venezuelan migrants to apply for work permits to its more prosperous southern states, including Rio Grande do Sul, Paraná and Santa Catarina, as part of its ‘interiorization program’ launched in 2018. To date, the program has…”

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