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05/02/2018 - 16:07hs

Decree creates National Migration Register

Temporary document is for foreigners seeking asylum in Brazil and are still waiting a decision by the government.

Brasília – President Michel Temer signed this Monday (5) a decree creating the temporary document National Migration Register to be issued to foreigners that enter Brazil seeking asylum while they await a decision by the Brazilian government. At the same occasion, the government launched also the pilot project of the Identity National Document (DNI), a digital document that should merge the civil registries, such as RG (General Registry), CPF (Individual Taxpayer Registration Number) and voter ID.

“Now, the applicant will be issued a document that will give him access to the Work Permit, CPF, and the choice of opening a bank account. It’s a measure that strengthens the status of those that are vulnerable,” said Temer on the document for the refugees.

According to the Attorney General, Raquel Dodge, in Brazil, almost 10,000 people, from 82 nationalities, sought asylum in 2016, with this number climbing three-fold in 2017, when 33,000 refugees registered at the Federal Police. Dodge pointed out that there are near 92,000 active asylum requests in the country.

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani

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