Book reveals the situation of refugees in Brazil

21 de maio de 2016

São Paulo – Launched on Friday (20) in Curitiba, Paraná state, the book “Refúgio e Hospitalidade” (Refuge and Hospitality) gathers articles and essays by exports on reception of migrants in Brazil. The work was organized by Gabriel Godoy, protection officer of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Brazil, and by José Gediel, professor at federal university Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR) and coordinator of the project Refúgio, Migrações e Hospitalidade (Refuge, Migrations and Hospitality), which studies the phenomenon of contemporary migrations.

For the book, the organizers selected texts that analyze the reception policies to migrants, their integration in the labor market and in Brazilian society, the new migration flows, the role of civil society, the role of the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the rights of migrants, among other topics. The goal, according to Godoy, is to discuss how Brazilian and global society receive migrants in their countries.

“The question still to be answered is: the international community wants to protect them or to be protected from them? People have been blocked. What we have seen in Europe, for instance, is hospitality being forgotten, precisely in a continent that needed it to survive Nazi Fascism in the Second World War [1939-1945]”, told Godoy to ANBA.

Brazil, Godoy points out, play a contradictory role when receiving and welcoming migrant and refugees. “After the 1988 Constitution, the resident is treated with the same equal rights as the nationals, but we have an immigration law from 1980 that is very outdated and a contemporary and modern refuge law. Our immigration law comes from the dictatorship period (1964-1985). It’s ambiguous”, he says.

Godoy also said that Brazil needs to improve when it come to the welcoming of migrants, especially because to integrate them into society and the labor market generates gains for the country. “Brazil makes an effort in being global, in being part of the global supply chain, in participate in global trade, but has a very outdated immigration law. [Global] Circulation of goods doesn’t happen without the circulation of people. Migrants are, indeed, part of wealth production of a country”, said Godoy.

The book covers these issues and challenges. Its publishing is linked to the Academic Chair Sérgio Vieira de Mello, which gathers universities that discuss refuge.

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The book is free of charge.

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani