Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes said today that he hopes that Venezuela can normalize its internal political life and recalled the efforts being made by his country to integrate Venezuelan immigrants.
"It is our wish that Venezuela can rediscover the path of prosperity and normalize its internal political life from the effort of the Venezuelans themselves," Nunes said during a press conference in Lisbon, where he met with his Portuguese counterpart, Augusto Santos Silva .
The Brazilian foreign minister explained that around 150,000 Venezuelan immigrants have passed through Brazil, although most of them set course for other destinations.
"They remained in Brazil close to 50,000 or 55,000.It is an enrichment factor, our legislation on immigration stands out among the most welcoming in the world," he said, although he warned that "the biggest problem" is located in Roraima, the state that limits with the Venezuelan border.
"Our main effort is to help them go to other places, Roraima's public service structure is not adapted to receive a large influx of immigrants," he explained.
A total of 2,000 Venezuelans are already integrated into Brazilian society, said the minister, who said that the federal government offers them transport and distributes them by states, municipalities and civil society organizations to welcome them and teach them Portuguese.
"Many of those who went to other places in Brazil already have work, there was a great mobilization of the business people from the places where they live," he said.
Aloysio Nunes today completed a two-day visit to Lisbon with a meeting with his Portuguese counterpart in which they discussed, in addition to the situation in Venezuela, the bilateral relations between both countries and the current situation of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries and of Mercosur .
On Tuesday, the Brazilian minister and his Portuguese counterpart coincided in the inauguration of an itinerant exhibition of the Museum of Portuguese Language of São Paulo entitled "The Portuguese in us", which is exhibited in the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) of Lisbon.