Operation: Opération: Brazil



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Key Figures

2019 planning figures
70% of relocation support will be provided 
60,000 people of concern will be registered on an individual basis with minimum set of data required 
7,000 transitional shelter spaces will be provided
26 actors will be participating regularly in UNHCR coordination meetings
2017 year-end results
95% of people of concern have access to work opportunities with the proper documentation required by Brazilian law and job agencies
80% of the RSD procedures met the minimum standards advocated by UNHCR, an increase from 67% in 2016
70% of people of concern were referred to competent institutions to initiate RSD procedures by border authorities
70% of reception condition met UNHCR’s minimum standards
80% of status determination procedures will meet UNHCR’s minimum procedural standards
1,800 people of concern registered for job placement services

People of Concern Personnes relevant de la compétence du HCR

Increase in
2018 203,790
2017 148,645
2016 68,087


[["Refugees",11327],["Asylum-seekers",152690],["Stateless",2],["Venezuelans displaced abroad",39771]]
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Year-end Overview

Plan Overview

Working environment

UNHCR works in a favourable environment, although under a challenging political context. Recent turmoil in Brazil’s political scenario have brought uncertainty in the level of the Government’s engagement in refugee issues.
Brazil currently hosts close to 9,000 refugees. Asylum claims in Brazil will continue to increase in 2018, due to the deteriorating situation in Venezuela.
At the 2016 Leaders’ Summit on Refugees, Brazil committed to admit 1,500 people affected by the crisis in Syria by combining their humanitarian visa programmes with private sponsorship programmes, including for UNHCR-referred refugees. In addition, Brazil has pledged to establish a state-funded resettlement programme for people from the North of Central America (NCA) by the end of 2018. Uruguay has also committed to receive families from the NCA.
The population of concern has access to basic public services, such as health, education, housing and poverty relief. However, the persistent economic crisis remains a challenge for the promotion of livelihoods and self-reliance.
UNHCR works with the Government’s on judiciary and legislative issues, and implements activities with civil society organizations and other UN agencies. In addition, UNHCR has reinforced its partnership with universities to provide legal services, language courses and assistance with diploma validation.  UNHCR also advocates for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to include people of concern in national programmes.

Key priorities

In 2018, UNHCR will focus on:
  • Reinforcing and fostering cross-border monitoring and protection networks; developing reception, referral and response capacities, and emergency preparedness with national and local stakeholders;
  • Supporting federal authorities on capacity building, registration system, physical verification and case management system towards developing quality asylum systems and promoting high protection standards;
  • Promoting local integration policies and livelihoods opportunities to ensure self-reliance of people of concern;
  • Advocating for the establishment of a statelessness determination procedure, alongside with facilitated naturalization solutions for stateless persons;
  • Promoting a sustainable national resettlement programme and other forms of humanitarian admission schemes.
Latest contributions
  • 17-JUL-2019
  • 16-JUL-2019
  • 11-JUL-2019
  • 10-JUL-2019
  • 08-JUL-2019
    European Union
  • Kuwait
  • 05-JUL-2019
  • 04-JUL-2019

    private donors

  • European Union
  • Japan
  • 03-JUL-2019
  • 02-JUL-2019
  • 30-JUN-2019

    private donors

  • Argentina
  • Sweden

    private donors

  • Spain
  • Oman

    private donors

  • United Arab Emirates

    private donors

  • Kuwait

    private donors

  • Saudi Arabia

    private donors