Brazilian President Michel Temer authorized the donation of $3.9 million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM). Both agencies aim to shelter people made vulnerable by the migration flow as a result of the humanitarian crisis.
The decision, made today (Dec. 4), comes at a moment when a massive number of Venezuelans seek refuge in Brazil, especially in the town of Boa Vista and its vicinities, in the northern Roraima state, where Brazil shares borders with Venezuela.
On November 25, Roraima’s Governor-Elect Antonio Denarium advocated the return of “many Venezuelan brothers”, as opposed to having them sent back—as had been interpreted by some sectors on the media.
Denarium had told Agência Brasil that the solution should include an increase in federal investment in the region, stricter control over the entry of refugees, shelter initiatives in other Brazilian states, and the return of immigrants to their country of origin.