Brazil has recognized a further 7,786 Venezuelans as refugees and has already welcomed a total of 46,000 people. This puts Brazil at the forefront of Latin America when it comes to granting this status, as the United Nations High Commissioner reported on Saturday to Refugees (UNHCR).
The Brazilian National Committee for Refugees (CONARE) has recognized the state of Venezuela since June 2019 as “a situation of serious and widespread human rights violations”.
UNHCR has reminded that all Venezuelans seeking refuge and meeting the agency’s requirements will have access to a simplified asylum procedure and will not have to undergo an interview.
It is a process that only “applies to Venezuelans or stateless persons residing in Venezuela who have applied for asylum in Brazil and have not left the country more than twice since 2016.” The Brazilian authorities are also demanding an identification document from Venezuela, no criminal record in Brazil, an age of majority and no further residence permit in the country.