November 12, 2008

Brazil’s Federal Government is again planning for an amnesty of illegal immigrants within the country, which are estimated at around 50,000. Luiz Paulo Barreto, Executive Secretary for the Ministry of Justice, confirmed last week that the objective is to legalise the situation of the illegal aliens within the country, to reflect the help given by other countries that host Brazilian immigrants.

Barreto said that around 4 million Brazilians are living some form of clandestine existence outside of Brazil. According to immigration data the majority of Brazilians immigrants live in the USA and Japan.

The most recent amnesty was 10 years ago, in 1998. At that time those who were interested in becoming legalised needed to contact the Ministry of Justice. The Institute of Migration and Human Rights identified that 40,909 people applied for amnesty during this period. The majority were formed from Chinese, Bolivians, Argentineans, Uruguayans, Koreans, Lebanese, Peruvians, Chileans, Paraguayans, and Portuguese.

In March the Pastoral Service for Immigrants, at the National Conference of Brazilian Bishops, concluded that the majority of illegal immigrants living in Brazil are of Latin American origin – Paraguayans, Bolivians, Colombians, Peruvians, Argentineans, and Chileans.

According to Non-Government Organisations, foreigners living illegally in Brazil live in precarious conditions. According to NGO specialists the primary difficulties for foreigners are language and preconceptions about Brazil, which is the barrier to them finding work.

Source: Folha Online.

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