David Smolansky, Commissioner of the OAS General Secretariat for the crisis of Venezuelan migrants and refugees, presented a report during his recent visit to Brazil, where he confirmed the situation of Venezuelan displaced persons who have arrived to this country.
Smolansky said there are more than 213,000 Venezuelan displaced persons in Brazil, making it the fifth country to host more Venezuelans by number. Among them, there are at least 7,000 Venezuelans in refugee camps on the border.
“There are currently 13 camps: 11 in Boa Vista and 2 in Pacaraima, a city on the border with Santa Elena de Uairén. More than 500 Venezuelans enter Brazil every day, most of them from the east of the country. 53.1% come from the next 10 cities: Caracas, Maturín, San Félix, El Tigre, Barcelona, Ciudad Bolívar, Puerto Ordaz, Valencia, Cumaná and Maracaibo,” he said through his Twitter account.
The Commissioner reported that the Brazilian government is making the maximum humanitarian effort to receive and integrate displaced Venezuelans through a social program called “Operation Reception,” which with an investment of more than 400 million dollars. It has three phases: reception, shelter and internalization of migrants.
“Under Operation Reception, Venezuelans can regularize their migratory status through temporary residence or refuge. #Brazil maintains an open border policy and already recognizes displaced Venezuelans as refugees under the Cartagena Declaration,” he said.
“Currently, the Government’s efforts are focused on the third stage of Operation Reception: internalization. This consists of transferring Venezuelans who arrive in Roraima to other parts of the country. Today there are more than 18,000 Venezuelans relocated to 250 cities in Brazil,” he said.