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27 September Sep 2021 1443 27 September 2021

The faces and figures of the new life Venezuelan refugees welcomed in Brazil are leading

In Brasilia, an event and a photo exhibition retrace the steps and results of the first two years of the “Welcomed Through Work” project, funded by the US Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM)

On September 28 and 29 a public event will be held at the Banco do Brasil (CCBB) cultural center, including the inauguration of a photo exhibition documenting the journey of Venezuelan migrants and their successful process of integration in Brazil thanks to the project “Welcomed through Work”.

The initiative, that has now reached the end of its first phase, supported the integration of more than a thousand Venezuelan migrants in the country and helped 500 of them find employment.

It started in October 2019 and has been implemented by AVSI Brasil, a founding member of AVSI Foundation, in cooperation with the Migration and Human Rights Institute (IMDH)/Scalabrinian Sisters, thanks to the funding provided by the US Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM).

The exhibition

The exhibition, featuring shots by Italian photographer Antonello Veneri, will be inaugurated on September 29.

It will show the journey hundreds of Venezuelan families embarked on, starting from their arrival in Brazil, seeking shelter, up to their professional training in a company.

The event

A seminar, titled “The journey of Venezuelan migrants towards self-reliance in Brazil”, will also take place. Several organizations working with refugees, such as the UNHCR and the humanitarian task force Operação Acolhida, will intervene. A research will be presented, based on the data gathered during the first two years of the project.

The meeting will start at 9:30 AM (Brazilian local time) and will be broadcasted live on AVSI Brasil’s Youtube channel. To attend the event virtually, it is necessary to register at this link (you will then receive an access password).

The project

Welcomed through Work is a project by AVSI Foundation, AVSI Brasil and AVSI-USA, funded by the US Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM). It is aimed at strengthening the actions of “Operação Acolhida”: a humanitarian task force led by the Brazilian federal government and created in response to the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

The initiative has the institutional support of the Civil House of the Presidency of the Republic, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the civil society organizations that work on refugee and migration matters.

This project, analyzed through the exhibition and the event, confirms that only a multi-stakeholder approach, involving private enterprises, institutional donors and other NGOs, can help addressing the migration phenomenon. To us, this looks like the main road to ensure that the fundamental rights of all are protected”.

Giampaolo Silvestri, AVSI secretary general

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