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Returning to Brazil: the stories of Vitor, Diego and Gercivaldo

Meet Vitor, Diego and Gercivaldo, three Brazilian migrants who decided to return home with the support of IOM Portugal.

Under the project Joint Complementary Mechanism for Sustainable Reintegration in Brazil (SURE), financed by the European Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and co-funded by the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service (SEF), they received pre-departure counselling and will be supported with their reintegration once back in Brazil.

SURE establishes working group on reintegration

As part of the project Joint Complementary Mechanism for Sustainable Reintegration in Brazil (SURE), IOM Portugal organized a working group meeting focusing on the joint complementary model implemented with the project, framing the discussion in accordance with IOM’s sustainable approach to reintegration as well as good practices of reintegration carried out in different contexts.

The event had 31 participants from IOM (HQ, Regional Office in Brussels and in Buenos Aires, Portugal, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Greece and Brazil), state and civil society partners and members of academia. Throughout two afternoons, speakers and attendees knew more about project SURE and discussed reintegration assistance across the economic, social and psychosocial dimensions, not to mention related challenges and opportunities.

They also took part in breakout sessions that centered on referral mechanisms and building trust with beneficiaries and key local actors, vulnerabilities, and application of good practices of reintegration to the Brazilian context.

A following meeting will occur in October and center on indicators to measure and monitor the sustainability of reintegration, examples of public policies influencing the successful implementation of this and other projects, exchange of knowledge on community and structural reintegration, as well as good practices developed under SURE that could be shared with IOM and partner institutions.

IOM organizes new information sessions

IOM organized new information sessions under project SURE, directed to counsellors working with migrants in Portugal, Ireland, Belgium and Brazil. Between the months of June and September, two sessions were organized in Portugal (four in total), two in Belgium, two in Ireland and three in Brazil.

In total, more than 110 counsellors and local partners got to know project SURE and the work of IOM, shared experiences and good practices and discussed ways to better support the needs of migrants who intend to return to the country of origin.

Sessions were planned to occur in person, but happened online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Project SURE creates visibility materials

As part of the activities under project Joint Complementary Mechanism for Sustainable Reintegration in Brazil (SURE), IOM created and distributed visibility materials among several local partners that work with topics related to return and reintegration.

The visibility materials include notebook, pen, pencil, pen-drive, adhesive note pad, bag and folders. SURE team also developed the project’s brochure, which brings entities of interest for Brazilian migrants returning to the states of Minas Gerais, São Paulo and Goiás.

New partners enter SURE’s network

The Federal Public Defender’s Office in Goiás and the Gregório Baremblitt Institute now integrate the Network to Support the Reintegration of Brazilian Returnees.

Part of SURE, the network now has 24 partners in the main states of return in Brazil – São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Goiás -, as well as Paraíba, Paraná and the Federal District.

The network coordinates distinct entities, guaranteeing that migrants have access to several services like social assistance, psychosocial support, access to labor markets, and legal advice.

The network has the following partners:

  • Brazilian Association for the Defense of Women, Children and Youth (ASBRAD)
  • Franciscan Service of Solidarity (SEFRAS)
  • Caritas Paraná
  • Caritas Espírito Santo
  • Center for Human Rights and Citizenship of the Immigrant (CDHIC)
  • Federal Public Defender’s Office in Goiás
  • Federal Public Defender’s Office – São Paulo
  • Federal Public Defender’s Office – Minas Gerais
  • Félix Guattari Institute
  • Gregório Baremblitt Institute (IGB)
  • Institute on Promotion, Research, and Intervention in Human Rights and Citizenship (Institute DH)
  • Laboratory of Studies on Labor, Imprisonment and Human Rights (UFMG)
  • Municipal Secretariat of Economic Development of Governador Valadares
  • Municipal Secretariat of Social Assistance of Goiânia
  • Community Health Integrated Movement (MISMEC)
  • International Migration Observatory of the State of Minas Gerais (OBMinas)
  • International Migration Observatory (OBMigra)
  • The Migration Observatory in São Paulo / UNICAMP
  • Pastoral Service for Migrants of the Northeast
  • Projeto Ponte
  • Projeto Resgate Brazil
  • PROVIDENS
  • State Secretariat for Social Development of Minas Gerais (SEDESE)
  • UNIPSICO Uberlândia

SURE joins Return and Reintegration Platform

The Return and Reintegration Platform has been developed by IOM as a global tool to disseminate knowledge and good practices in the field of return and reintegration. Foreseen to serve as a catalyst fostering exchanges between practitioners in host, transit and origin countries, the platform facilitates sharing knowledge, expertise and lessons learnt with peers and, for the first time, reunites relevant publications and resources on the topic of return and reintegration in one place.

Two new partners join SURE’s network

The Federal Public Defender’s Office in Minas Gerais and the International Migration Observatory (OBMigra) are the new members of the Network to Support the Reintegration of Brazilian Returnees.

Part of SURE, the network now has 22 partners in the main states of return in Brazil – São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Goiás -, as well as Paraíba, Paraná and the Federal District.

More institutions – i.e. city halls, state governments and NGOs – will be able to be part of the network. The network coordinates distinct entities, guaranteeing that migrants have access to several services like social assistance, psychosocial support, access to labor markets, and legal advice.

The network has the following partners:

  • Brazilian Association for the Defense of Women, Children and Youth (ASBRAD)
  • Franciscan Service of Solidarity (SEFRAS)
  • Caritas Paraná
  • Caritas Espírito Santo
  • Center for Human Rights and Citizenship of the Immigrant (CDHIC)
  • Federal Public Defender’s Office – São Paulo
  • Federal Public Defender’s Office – Minas Gerais
  • Félix Guattari Institute
  • Institute on Promotion, Research, and Intervention in Human Rights and Citizenship (Institute DH)
  • Laboratory of Studies on Labor, Imprisonment and Human Rights (UFMG)
  • Community Health Integrated Movement (MISMEC)
  • International Migration Observatory of the State of Minas Gerais (OBMinas)
  • International Migration Observatory (OBMigra)
  • The Migration Observatory in São Paulo / UNICAMP
  • Projeto Ponte
  • Projeto Resgate Brazil
  • PROVIDENS
  • State Secretariat for Social Development of Minas Gerais (SEDESE)
  • UNIPSICO Uberlândia

Project SURE publishes brochure

IOM Portugal releases the brochure part of the project Joint Complementary Mechanism for Sustainable Reintegration in Brazil (SURE), available in Portuguese and in English. The publication features various entities offering services of interest for Brazilian migrants returning to Minas Gerais, São Paulo and Goiás.

The brochure is part of the mapping conducted by IOM in São Paulo, Araçatuba and Ribeirão Preto, in the state of São Paulo; Inhumas, Goiânia, Aparecida de Goiânia and Anápolis, in the state of Goiás; and Betim, Governador Valadares, Belo Horizonte, Ipatinga and Uberlândia, in the state of Minas Gerais.

The local entities were mapped and classified in accordance with the types of support they offer, and the specific needs of returnees supported by Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration programs implemented in Portugal, Ireland and Belgium, the three European countries part of SURE.

Download SURE brochure

IOM Portugal publishes newsletter

The publication features the many projects, activities and events IOM Portugal organized and/or was part of. Last year alone, 331 people participated in information sessions led by IOM, 161 returning migrants were assisted and IOM supported the resettlement of 376 refugees. IOM has been in Portugal since 1976, making it one of the oldest country offices in Europe.

SURE project organizes information sessions

IOM organized two online information sessions as part of project SURE. They were directed to counselors who work with migrants in Portugal. The objective of the sessions was to present the project; inform counselors about the importance of facilitating the sharing of information about reintegration in Brazil; contribute to counselling activities with a special emphasis on cases with psychosocial needs; and discuss the operational impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the project and the reintegration of migrants returning to the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Goiás. In total, 52 counselors working across Portugal participated in the sessions, joined activities and shared experiences.