Roraima (Agenzia Fides) - The authorities of the state of Roraima, where there is the only land border between Venezuela and Brazil, have asked for help from the federal government of Brazil in order to respond adequately to the growing flow of Venezuelans arriving in this state, fleeing from the serious situation in their country. The phenomenon is causing a rise in costs in order to provide adequate services and social problems related to uncontrolled immigration.
A total of 3,181 Venezuelans applied for asylum as a refugee to state authorities between January and April 2017.
Among the applications for the recognition of refugee status presented in 2016, Venezuelans accounted for 30%, and surpassed Syrians, who were the highest number in petitions between 2014 and 2015. In addition to asylum requests, even Venezuelans entering Brazil as tourists or residents of the border zone between the two countries have increased: 575,000 were registered until April, while 947,000 last year. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 08/06/2017)