United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR Brazil)
Brazil has always had a pioneering and leading role in the international protection of refugees. It was the first country in the Southern Cone to ratify the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees in 1960.
It was also one of the first countries to form part of the UNHCR Executive Committee , responsible for approving the agency's annual programs and budgets.
The work of UNHCR, the UN Agency for Refugees, in Brazil is guided by the same principles and functions as in any other country: protecting refugees and promoting lasting solutions to their problems. The refugee has the protection of the Brazilian government and can therefore obtain documents, work, study and exercise the same rights as any legalized foreign citizen in the country. Brazil is internationally recognized as a welcoming country. However, here, refugees also find it difficult to integrate into Brazilian society.
The UN Agency for Refugees in Brazil has its headquarters in Brasilia and decentralized units in São Paulo (SP), Manaus (AM) and Boa Vista (RR). UNHCR works in cooperation with CONARE and in coordination with the federal, state and municipal governments, as well as other instances of the Government.See more