The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) recognized the efforts of the Brazilian authorities that through the implementation of a national humanitarian program have benefited more than 50,000 Venezuelan migrants.
The objective of the program is to rescue migrants in the remote State of Roraima to transfer them to different cities in the country.
UNHCR highlighted that 77% of families relocated through this program find work in their new cities within a few weeks of arrival, while only 7% of those who remain in Roraima can find jobs.
Similarly, among the beneficiaries, 60% lived in shelters in Roraima, while in their new destinations only 5% continue to live in shelters.
This program is part of Operation Welcome, prepared by the federal government, to reduce the effect of the Venezuelan migration crisis in the country.
The UNHCR representative for Brazil, José Egas, indicated “Brazil has acted with great determination in the search for long-term solutions for Venezuelan migrants and refugees, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The Government of Brazil reported that of the 5.6 million Venezuelans who have fled their country due to the humanitarian crisis generated by Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship, 260,000 have chosen Brazil as a destination to seek a better future.