São Paulo helps refugees find their feet in Brazil


São Paulo helps refugees find their feet in Brazil

UNHCR News, 17 Dec 2018

The stream of refugees and migrants crossing from Venezuela to Brazil has increased exponentially over the last five years, with almost 200,000 arriving since the start of 2017. Of these, more than 100,000 have since moved on, leaving the current total in the country at some 98,000 with an average of 500 more arriving each day.

Shelters in Pacaraima and Boa Vista filled quickly during the influx, prompting the federal government, in collaboration with UNHCR, to search for new solutions that would allow more Venezuelans to be helped as they crossed the border, and give those who had already arrived the opportunity to restart their lives in cities across Brazil. São Paulo is at the forefront of this initiative, which has already helped 3,184 Venezuelans relocate to 28 Brazilian cities.