Venezuelan immigrants in Brazil start being resettled

They are leaving Roraima, the northern Brazilian state that shares

Published in 05/04/2018 - 14:12 By Luana Karen, from TV NBR; Letycia Bond, from Agência Brasil - Boa Vista, Brasília

Boa Vista - Refugiados venezuelanos se preparam para deixar Roraima com destino a São Paulo e Cuiabá (Antônio Cruz/Agência Brasil)

Venezuelans prepare to leave the northern state of Roraima and go to São Paulo.Antonio Cruz/Agência Brasil

The efforts to resettle Venezuelan immigrants in the northern Brazilian state of Roraima to other states started today (Apr. 5). At least 267 immigrants are being relocated to the cities of São Paulo and Cuiabá (Mato Grosso) in Brazilian Air Force airplanes.

On Thursday, 116 immigrants are to land in São Paulo. Tomorrow, 69 Venezuelans will be received in Cuiabá, and another 83 in São Paulo.

The relocation process was a strategy adopted to bring better conditions to Venezuelan immigrants who want to live and work in Brazil. To meet this goal, the Brazilian government, with the technical support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Migration Organization (IOM), linked to the UN, checked city shelters, private institutions, and state authorities for available space.

The immigrants accepted the decision voluntarily. They agreed to leave Roraima to seek opportunities elsewhere. Before the trip, the immigrants were immunized against measles, mumps, rubella, yellow fever, diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis.

The plan is being conducted free of charge to the Venezuelans. The funding comes from the $55.65 million earmarked by the Ministry of Defense for the emergency assistance and humanitarian sheltering of those who left Venezuela.

Translated by Fabrício Ferreira

Fonte: Venezuelan immigrants in Brazil start being resettled

Edition: Lidia Neves / Nira Foster

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