“Brazil has open arms to welcome refugees”

Brazil is now the “largest host country of Syrian refugees in the Americas,” says Ambassador Simas Magalhães.

by Fernando Brigidi de Mello

Over the past few years, and specially in 2015, the world has been facing a devastating global refugee crisis. Violence and deprivation have forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes, particularly in Syria, where the civil war is heading towards its sixth year. Recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Istanbul, and the episode of young women in Cologne who were groped and robbed on New Year’s Eve by men described as having “a North African or Arabic” appearance, have increased anxiety over absorbing scores of refugees. In the United States, expressing fear about terrorism, several Governors have taken action to prevent Syrian refugees from settling in their states. Anti-refugee sentiment has also been taking hold in many parts of Europe.

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Brazil: a hosting country?

by Isabela Messias

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The humanitarian crisis we face is unprecedented in many ways.  By the end of 2014, there were 19.5 million refugees worldwide[1], and with numbers growing daily, their destination options become ever more limited. With refugee camps overpopulated in countries such as Turkey, Pakistan or Ethiopia[2], and European countries increasing border control and entrance restrictions[3], many have started to look further and consider other alternatives. Brazil has become one of them.

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