Boa Vista, Brazil

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“Social emer­gency” de­clared: Brazil has de­clared a state of “social emer­gency” in its north­ern state of Ro­raima in re­sponse to a mas­sive in­flux of Venezue­lans, driven across the bor­der by the eco­nomic and politi­cal tur­moil in their home coun­try. Around 70,000 Venezue­lans have ar­rived in re­cent months, 40,000 of whom have set­tled in the state cap­i­tal, Boa Vista. Many are now sur­viv­ing by beg­ging on the street, ag­gra­vat­ing ten­sions with the pop­u­lace: refugees have been at­tacked and one shel­ter was set alight. Ear­lier this month, Venezuela’s neigh­bour, Colom­bia – which re­ceived 96,000 Venezue­lan mi­grants in Novem­ber alone – tight­ened its bor­der con­trols and sent 2,000 troops to the bor­der. The Brazil­ian au­thor­i­ties have ac­knowl­edged a “new sense of ur­gency”, but have said they are tight­en­ing bor­der con­trols.

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