On the occasion of “International Day of Democracy“, the team of the Education for Life met with UNHCR desk in Brazil, located in Brasilia, to present the fifth edition of “Global Education Magazine“.
At the meeting, Luiz Godinho, Public Information Officer at UNHCR Brazil, noted that there are about 4,600 refugees recognized by the Brazilian government (2012), from more than 70 different nationalities, where women constitute 30% of that population.
Javier Collado with Luiz Fernando Godinho, Public Information Officer at UNHCR Brazil
UNHCR’s work in Brazil is scheduled for the same principles and functions in other countries, protecting refugees and promoting durable solutions for the problems. In addition, the United Nations agency acting in cooperation with the National Committee for Refugees (CONARE), linked to the Ministry of Justice. Thus, every refugee has Brazilian government protection and can, therefore, obtain documents, work, study and exercise the same rights as any foreign legal in Brazil (Law 9474/97).
Brazil is internationally recognized as a welcoming country, because he always had a pioneering role and leadership in international refugee protection. It was the first Southern Cone country to ratify the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees of 1951, in the year of 1960. In addition, Brazil is also one of the first countries of the UNHCR Executive Committee, responsible for the approval of programs and agency annual ornaments.