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UN Visits Roraima to Assess Situation of Venezuelans

05/31/2017 - 10h54

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MARCELO TOLEDO
FROM RIBEIRÃO PRETO

Members of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the federal government are in Roraima analyzing the mass immigration of Venezuelans to Brazil. The possibility of creating a refugee camp, for the time being, is ruled out.

According to the Roraima Government, at least 30,000 Venezuelans have arrived in Brazil from the border between Santa Elena de Uairén and Pacaraima since last year, due to the crisis in the country governed by Nicolás Maduro.

The assessment of the State is that the crisis is far from over and may worsen in the coming months.

More than 3,000 Venezuelans have already filed requests for refugee status in the Federal Police, and Venezuelans vie for food with natives and buzzards in the sanitary landfill of the capital, Boa Vista.

The purpose of the visit - in addition to the UN, envoys of Brazilian ministries, the state government and city halls participate - is to evaluate the conditions of immigration and think about projects that can meet the demand of the Venezuelans.

Translated by MARINA DELLA VALLE

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