Government and international organisations encourage hiring of Venezuelans
Prefeitura de Roraima
To encourage the hiring of Venezuelan refugees, the Office of the Brazilian President's Chief of Staff has partnered with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the United Nations Development Programme to offer seminars for entrepreneurs and public agents in several cities in Brazil.
At the events, the presenters clarify that refugee claimants have the same rights to work in Brazil as any Brazilian, i.e. that Venezulans with a Taxpayer Number (CPF) and a work permit can be employed as soon as they register in the country. "Immigrants helped build Brazil. The Venezuelan migration wave comes with a capacity that can be used. It is a capacity for growth for all. The country has much to gain from this," says Viviane Esse, representative of the Office of the Chief of Staff for “Operation Welcome”, as the project has been called.
Also according to Esse, cultural and linguistic barriers are other challenges that the operation tries to overcome. "A number of NGOs are helping us both finding jobs for these people and building up their CVs so we can use our systems to match their skills with job opportunities," she pointed out.
The presentations are being held in major capitals and cities, where Venezuelans have been resettled. By the end of August, 1,099 refugees had been transferred from Roraima (their main point of entry) to other states under the resettlement programme, and the target for September is to have around 400 people resettled each week.