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Venezuelans in search of food, jobs and hope push Brazilian region to breaking point

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BOA VISTA, Brazil – The recent influx of migrants from neighboring Venezuela has placed a huge burden on the northern Brazilian city of Boa Vista and the surrounding region, where authorities have declared a state of emergency.

The UN’s UNHCR refugee agency says almost 800 Venezuelans are arriving in Brazil each day, many of them seeking asylum amid deteriorating economic conditions in their home country.

Since the beginning of last year, over 52,000 Venezuelans have landed in Brazil, the UN says. Some 25,000 of those are asylum seekers and 10,000 hold temporary resident visas.

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The majority of new arrivals end up in the northern state of Roraima, where many make their homes in temporary accommodation facilities and makeshift camps located in the regional capital Boa Vista. However other Venezuelan migrants are forced to live rough while they search for jobs.

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