Here are some of the haitians proudly displaying their new passport as Brazil Granted Permanent Residence to 43,781 Haitians.
Brazil's government has signed an agreement with Justice Minister Jose Cardozo and Labor Minister Miguel Rossetto to extend legal permanent residence to more than 40,000 Haitian migrants smuggled into Brazil the past half decade. The agreement allows Haitian refugees a year to secure a foreign resident ID document, which will give them rights like access to government services.
Brazil has increased the number of refugees it will accept from 4,218 (2012) to 8,400 in 2015.
Here is a picture of Mr. Fernando Vidal de Mello, the new Brazilian Ambassador to Haiti.
On Friday, September 4, 2015, Mr. Fernando Vidal de Mello, the new Brazilian Ambassador to Haiti was received by the Haitian President Michel Martelly at the National Palace. While delivering his credentials to the Haitian President the new ambassador had reiterated the commitment of his country to support the Haitian government in its efforts to improve the living conditions of the Haitian population. The Haitian Head of the State has reassured his administration's readiness to work jointly and strengthen the ties of friendship and cooperation between Haiti and Brazil. The Brazilian ambassador then went to the National Pantheon Museum (MUPANA) where he laid a wreath to salute the memory of the founding fathers of the Haitian nation. Then at the invitation of the Director of the Museum Mrs. Michèle Frisch, the new ambassador visited the rooms of permanent and temporary exhibits at the museum and expressed his satisfaction for having the opportunity to learn about Haiti's rich history. Since the days of overthrowing Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004, Brazil has a high involvement in Haiti, apart from having various development and aid programs, it is the leading contributor of MINUSTAH in Haiti.
Brazil has maintained a very close relationship with Haiti. Brazil has been working in Haiti since June 2004. The country can be considered to have given the largest peace-keeping support and humanitarian aid to Haiti especially after the 2010 tragic earthquake. Between 2004 and 2010 Brazil had 1300 troops in Haiti. Brazil headed the UN peace keeping forces commanding 7000 UN soldiers then.
The Embassy of Haiti in Brazil is found in the city of Brasilia. The actual address is Shisl QI 17, Conj. 04, Casa 19 70465-900 LAGO SUL, C.P. 08618/71600. The embassy can be reached through phone on 061-248-6860 or 061-248-6437 or Fax: 061-248-7472
Haiti is set to be free from all foreign troops in less than two years from now. If all goes as planned, all UN, MINUSTAH troops will be out of Haiti no later than 2016.
April 30th this year has marked eight years since the formation of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Brazil has played a big leadership role in MINUSTAH since President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was ousted in early 2004. It was controversial then because it was regarded as a type of colonial government by the UN in the wake of Aristide's abrupt forced departure from power, following major national protests and violence. A report dated May 22, 2015, indicates that Brazil government has decided to remove its troops engaged in the MINUSTAH by the end of 2016. Currently, there are 1,343 Brazilian military acting in the country. The number will be reduced to 970 and 850 by the end of June and December respectively, this year, before the final withdrawal by the end of 2016. The forces from other countries will be withdrawn before the final withdrawal of Brazilian troop. During Brazil's ten years stay in Haiti, it has spent US$750 million (R$ 2.3 billion) of which US$ 320 million (R$ 1 billion) have been reimbursed by the United Nations.
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One thing for sure is that Brazil will not have any troop in Haiti after 2016. The Brazilian Defence Minister, Jaques Wagner, made it clear.
The Haitian Diaspora has been growing in Brazil exponentially. According to the latest estimate, over 10,000 Haitian immigrants are now living in the region of Paraná as they are trying to have a better life for themselves and their families.
The Haitian Ambassador to Brazil, Madsen Chérubin, recently visited the Governor of the State of Paraná, Flávio Arns to see how he can help in integrating these new Haitian immigrants in the area
Paraná is one of the 26 states in Brazil. Paraná is reputable for its forest araucaria considered as one of the most important subtropical forests in the world. It is located near Paraguay and close to the largest dam in the world , the Hidroelétrica de Itaipu (Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam).
The conditions for the Haitian laborers, busy building the stadiums for the World Cup in Brazil, have been described as 'slave-like'. Almost as alarming is the news that many of these workers are educated people who, oftentimes, have degrees. They then seek this type of labor because their new countries don't recognize their college degrees. As reported, 15 Haitians complain about bad conditions, the safety risk and low pay they face each week as they help to build the more than 12 stadiums sanctioned for the games.