Refugees in Roraima: Brazil’s Response to Venezuelan Migration
Venezuelans are now the second largest displaced population in the world, and the first in the Latin America and Caribbean region. Despite most international attention being focused on the largest receiving countries like Colombia, Brazil has come to represent the fifth largest destination country in the region and is estimated to have the largest number of recognized Venezuelan refugees. Human rights and migration advocates have lauded the Brazilian response for its humanitarian approach and willingness to welcome migrants. Over time, however, limited capacity at the border, conflicts with local governments, and the COVID-19 pandemic have all complicated the country’s ability to provide Venezuelans with a new home.
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