Brasília, Brazil – A spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Brazil said the country has been “an example to the world” in welcoming refugees.
Luiz Fernando Godinho explained in an interview published on Thursday in the United Nations news website that Brazil “is far from the main conflicts, but has a diverse population of refugees with more than 80 nationalities”, highlighting the welcome of a large number of people from Venezuela.
“According to figures from the federal authorities, Brazil will now house around 100,000 of these [Venezuelan refugees]. They continue to arrive, mostly, along the northern border of Brazil, through Roraima, and they are already in several parts of the country , thanks to an innovative program of rehousing of people in the country, “said Godinho.
The UNHCR spokesman in Brazil also mentioned the “great reception” on the part of the Brazilian people and the opportunities that have been given to those who cross the border in search of better living conditions.
“The refugees have found work opportunities in the country and there is a great deal of receptivity on the part of civil society. We believe that the integration of these people in Brazil has been very positive,” he added.
Luiz Fernando Godinho also highlighted the greatest challenges facing this population: “The refugees who arrive here have a series of humanitarian needs. They need food, health, but not forgetting the documentation and registration of these people, so that they can have access to the basic services that host countries offer, “he said.
The spokesman said that “the world is experiencing one of the humanitarian crises, specifically of refugees, largest in its history,” but he said that a joint effort is being made between civil society, government agencies and agencies of the United Nations .