Brazilian politicians campaign on anti-Venezuelan platform

Candidates in northern state of Roraima have promised to "end privileges" for impoverished Venezuelan refugees

Venezuelan migrants in Roraima
Venezuelan migrants relocate to a shelter in Northern Brazil. Photo: Alex Pazuello/Semcom/AM

Brazil is home to roughly 260,000 Venezuelan nationals, of which approximately 46,000 are refugees who fled social, economic, and political chaos in their home country. The majority of these migrants settled in the northern Brazilian state of Roraima, which sits on the Venezuelan border. There are an estimated 10,000 to 30,000 Venezuelan refugees currently living in Roraima’s state capital Boa Vista — many of them on the streets, in degrading conditions.

And this influx of humans in an already small and economically vulnerable city has led to a series of conflicts among the local population, as well as a growing...

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