Brazil is in need of immediate change to its immigration policy as it is failing to respond to one of the most serious immigration issues in last few decades. What makes it worse is that Brazil lacks long-term policies to cater to huge immigration in the future. It will also be in a permanent response mode if it does not significantly revamp and redesign its immigration and refugee systems to cater to the latest reality of increased immigration across the world.
Brazil’s non-action has huge operational and legal implications, as quoted by The Guardian. Though it has enjoyed the reputation of being a forthcoming nation to immigrants and refugees from a long time, Brazil has neither had a federal institution that is specifically devoted to immigration nor a well-defined immigration policy. The result is that resources and skills are scattered across diverse ministries of the government.
The most apparent issue with the immigration policy and system of Brazil is that it lacks digitization to keep a track of immigrants’ and refugees numbers. No one is actually aware of the statistics of the exact number of immigrants and refugees in Brazil. It lacks any federal information on their gender, age or nationalities and even lesser information regarding their fundamental needs for support and protection.
Brazil must have to begin with the minimum level of the centralized system for data management if it needs to upgrade its immigration system with the latest trends. It must collate information at entry and exit points, process it at the national level and then formulate the public policies that are well-informed. It must also create a new immigration institution to manage immigration and coordinate government’s responses to the refugees.
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