Brazil’s immigration policies could increase its global influence

Another 160 Haitian immigrants arrived in northern Brazil on January 28, 2012 (photo:dpa)
Another 160 Haitian immigrants arrived in northern Brazil on January 28, 2012 (photo:dpa)

New immigration policies to control numbers flooding into Brazil from Haiti but attract top talent from Europe are being introduced. The country is looking to use these to capitalise on its growth by luring highly qualified workers which could also increase its global influence.

MORE than 4,000 Haitians fled their country for Brazil in the past two years with 500 arriving in the last three days of 2011.

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The recent onslaught of immigrants arriving through the Amazon spotlights changes in immigration patterns throughout Latin America. The United States is no longer the default destination and Brazil is increasingly seen as the regio...

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