Minister says Brazil has opened doors to welcome refugees

For or minister, Brazil's response to the plight of refugees, especially in the case of Venezuelans seeking asylum in the country, It has been a "strict compliance" of the country's obligations.
19/02/2018 13h44 - Updated 19/02/2018 17h17
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Pedro Peduzzi – Agency Brazil

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aloysio Nunes, He reiterated Brazil's willingness to keep the doors open to refugees, as he has made throughout its history with immigrants who sought care in the country. The statement was made today (19) during the opening of the Latin American Meeting of Consultation and the Caribbean as a contribution to the Global Compact on Refugees.

"We live in a country built largely with the world people. A country that received and welcomed immigrants who came to Brazil. Many came voluntarily, but many came forced ", the minister said, noting that the presence of foreigners enriches the country.

For or minister, Brazil's response to the plight of refugees, especially in the case of Venezuelans seeking asylum in the country, It has been a "strict compliance" of the country's obligations. "O presidente [Michel] To fear, compliance with Brazilian legislation, mobilizes the government to regularize the situation of Venezuelan [seeking refuge in Brazil]. He reiterated that Brazil will never close its doors [Venezuelans refugees]”, the minister said, adding that has the expectation that the group meetings contribute to the definition of a global pact to deal with the situation which affects many parts of the world.

Also present at the opening of the meeting, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, He defended the inclusion of refugees in the social programs developed by the countries in the group. "Every day thousands of people take the decision to abandon everything is more expensive in search of security. These people are obliged [to do so]. And we have to answer ", said Grandi.

"I applaud them for keeping open borders, and I would encourage them to keep. The UNHCR is ready to assist these countries and simplify procedures. Keep doing this, respecting the guarantees and including the principle and the right to seek asylum ", he added.

The meeting, started today, with the participation of representatives of 36 countries, and discusses the situation of refugees in Latin America and the Caribbean. The objective is to evaluate how countries in the region have acted to ensure the protection and offer support to those people. The debate is based on Brazil Action Plan, set of commitments adopted by Latin American and Caribbean 2014, focusing on assistance to refugees and stateless persons.

The meeting takes place at the time that Brazil is a complex situation of high arrival number of Venezuelan citizens in the North, especially in the state of Roraima. According to estimates of the city of Boa Vista, but of 40 thousand people from the neighboring country came to the city, which corresponds to more than 10% the local population.


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