AMERICA/BRAZIL - Venezuelan emigrants integrated into Brazilian society through work: the experience of the "Casa Bom Samaritano"

Saturday, 22 October 2022 emigration   catholic church  

Brasilia (Agenzia Fides) - A new group of migrants arrived this week at the "Casa Bom Samaritano" Reception Center in Brasilia. The House, inaugurated in February 2021, serves as temporary accommodation for refugees and migrants from Venezuela, with the perspective of achieving their full integration into Brazilian society through work.
According to the note sent to Fides, in 2021 the reception center welcomed 341 people. Among them, 88 people formed 27 family nuclei. This year 2022, 253 people have been welcomed, representing a total of 99 families. Since its inauguration, 227 people welcomed at the Center have settled in a rented space and live independently, which means that, thanks to the support received through the project "Welcomed through work", at least one person in the family has a job.
This is a precise commitment of the Center: to ensure that the family has a guaranteed source of income through a person employed in a formal job. There are 78 people working in 21 associated companies in the Federal District region and in the states of São Paulo and Goiás. An example is Daniel José Maz and his wife, from the first group. They were welcomed in the "Casa Bom Samaritano" and after two months they were selected to work in a company in Goiânia, where the family acquired full autonomy.
According to a rotation system, Venezuelan families, from Roraima, are welcomed for a period not exceeding three months, carrying out multidisciplinary activities in the "Casa Bom Samaritano" according to a co-management model, innovative in a reception center. Since 2022, the House has also begun to welcome groups in transit whose final destination was another place, functioning as a transit point for a few days, in an action coordinated by the Humanitarian Logistics Operational Group of the Reception Operation and the International Organization for Migrations (IOM).
The Welcome Center "Casa Bom Samaritano" has been possible thanks to AVSI Brazil and the Institute for Migration and Human Rights (IMDH)/Scalabrinian Sisters, with the collaboration of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB). (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 22/10/2022)