By: E. Wichmann
In March of 2015 the Brazilian government announced that Brazil would be accepting Syrian refugees. However, on the 17th of June 2016, the Brazilian government suspended negotiations with the European union which would have stopped the country from receiving the Syrian refugees. The suspension of the negotiations meant that Brazil could now accept said refugees. The Brazilian government limited the number of accepted refugees to 3000, a 2.8% increase from before. According to the “President da Câmara do Deputados”, the number of accepted refugees will double in the next year.
What is the Syrian refugee crisis?
The refugee crisis is an immigration crisis which started on the 15th of March 2011, when the Syrian civil war broke out. The outbreak of civil war caused a massive number of civilian deaths, so the survivors wanted to flee Syria, therefore causing the refugee crisis. The current number of Syrian refugees is about 4.85 million, making it the biggest humanitarian crisis in 70 years. The countries that have most accepted refugees are: Germany, Sweden, Turkey and Lebanon. However, the destinations that Syrian refugees aim at going are the UK and France, both of which are raising the number of refugees they accept.
Where will the 3000 Syrian refugees stay in Brazil?
The Syrian refugees will stay in Syrian communities all around Brazil, but mostly in the Southeast of the country. The whole process is accompanied by the CONARE (The national committee for refugees). CONARE is funding the “Projector do Refugiado Empreendedor” a project that has as a target help refugees build their own businesses and help them get a job. Most of the refugees have already been given visas and were granted asylum until the Syrian civil war ends.