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Syrians are now Brazil's largest refugee community

Selasa 13 Jan 2015 19:45 WIB

Red: Julkifli Marbun

Syrian refugees wait to call their relatives at a center of the International Committee of The Red Cross at Al Zaatari refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan, on September 15, 2014.

Syrian refugees wait to call their relatives at a center of the International Committee of The Red Cross at Al Zaatari refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan, on September 15, 2014.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, BRASILIA -- A total of 1,400 Syrians sought refuge in Brazil last year, making them part of the largest refugee group in the country as they flee a bloody conflict, official figures showed Monday.

The steady increase in Syrian arrivals over recent months means they now outnumber Angolans and Colombians in South America's largest country, National Center for Refugees (CONARE) figures showed.

In all, Brazil welcomed 2,320 refugees last year, more than triple the number for 2013 and the highest annual figure registered to date, CONARE said.

The center put the total of Syrians at 1,739, compared with 1,071 Angolans and 834 Colombians.

As the Syrian conflict has escalated, with the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights putting the death toll at 200,000 since 2011, and many more people
displaced, Brazil has sped up entry processes for those seeking refuge.

CONARE estimates 7048 refugees are currently under Brazilian protection, mainly following human rights abuses or religious, political or racist persecution.

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