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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.

SURE network has six new partners

The Network to Support the Reintegration of Brazilian Returnees, part of the Joint Complementary Mechanism for Sustainable Reintegration in Brazil (SURE), has now six new partners.

In total, the project has 20 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 now 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
  • 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)
  • The Migration Observatory in São Paulo / UNICAMP
  • Projeto Ponte
  • Projeto Resgate Brazil
  • PROVIDENS
  • State Secretariat for Social Development of Minas Gerais (SEDESE)
  • UNIPSICO Uberlândia
  • Pastoral Service for Migrants of the Northeast
  • Municipal Secretariat of Social Assistance of Goiânia
  • Municipal Secretariat of Economic Development of Governador Valadares

IOM provides documents for migrants about COVID-19

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) produced three documents directed to migrants about the new coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19)

  • General information on COVID19 such as symptoms, treatment and prevention
  • Information regarding the state of emergency declared on March 18th and still ongoing in Portugal
  • Orientation on psycho social well-being in a situation of isolation and on how to increase resilience in migrant communities

The material is available through this link in Portuguese, English, French, Spanish, Bengali and Nepali. Other languages will be available soon.

SURE’s partners: Belo Horizonte City Hall

IOM organized, as part of the project Joint Complementary Mechanism for Sustainable Reintegration in Brazil (SURE), a training of trainers and created the network to support the reintegration of Brazilian returnees. According to the director of special protection of the municipal secretariat for social assistance, food security and citizenship of Belo Horizonte, Regis Spindola, the initiative organized by IOM contributes to enhance the knowledge of local entities about the subject of return migration and allows migrants to receive better support when returning to Brazil

The network has 14 partners in five Brazilian states: Goiás, Minas Gerais and São Paulo, which are the main states of return in Brazil, as well as Paraíba and Paraná.

SURE’s partners: Goiânia City Hall

IOM organized, as part of the project Joint Complementary Mechanism for Sustainable Reintegration in Brazil (SURE), a training of trainers and created the network to support the reintegration of Brazilian returnees. The municipal secretary for social assistance of Goiânia, Mizair Lemes, commended the creation of the network and affirmed the initiative can ensure a better reintegration of returning Brazilian migrants.  

SURE’s partners: Minas Gerais state government

IOM organized, as part of the project Joint Complementary Mechanism for Sustainable Reintegration in Brazil (SURE), a training of trainers and created the network to support the reintegration of Brazilian returnees. For the technical reference of the State Secretariat for Social Development of Minas Gerais (SEDESE), Ana Carolina Rezende, the training workshop enables government institutions to work with the mentioned topic and include returnees in the construction of public policies.

SURE’s partners: Federal Public Defender’s Office

IOM organized, as part of the project Joint Complementary Mechanism for Sustainable Reintegration in Brazil (SURE), a training of trainers and created the network to support the reintegration of Brazilian returnees. Federal public defender with experience in the areas of migration and refugee protection, João Chaves said the network is fundamental for guaranteeing better support for returning migrants, especially the most vulnerable. The Federal Public Defender’s Office in São Paulo also works with human trafficking prevention and provides information related to the recruitment of migrants.