In the eyes of more developed nations, the global south is often seen as a source of refugees, and it is not uncommon to see policies implemented to make it harder for these individuals to be welcomed into the U.S., United Kingdom, or major European nations. However, Brazil recently set a bold precedent that could force the global north to adjust its lens: the country’s policies toward Venezuelan refugees, in contrast to their wealthier peers, has been pragmatic, humane and sensible.
Venezuela’s political, economic and social collapse has generated a population hemorrhage. More than 4.5 million—or one in seven Venezuelans—left, and most remain in South America. Colombia hosts around 1.5 million, while around 260,000 have entered Brazil across its northern border, at a rate of close to 500 per day.