Since it began in 2011, the Syrian Civil War has killed 364,371 people, including 110,613 civilians, according to The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Besides the tragedy of tearing a country apart and killing its people, the conflict has also forced 5.6 million people (55 percent of the population) to flee and seek asylum elsewhere.
The majority of those who left Syria have gone to neighboring countries and Europe. But there are those who came to Brazil. Some 823 Syrian citizens requested refugee status in 2017; 310 had their requests granted. Since 2007, Syrians have been the main refugee group in Brazil: 2.771 have been given refugee visas, making up 39 percent of the total number in the country.
One of the main reasons for that is a 2013 resolution made by the National Refugee Committee that made their entrance in the country easier. This measure increased the number of arrivals, especially in São Paulo.