International migration and refugee crisis: the case of Venezuelans in Brazil

General Information
Number of Hours: 
Course Description: 

Thursday – 21.02.2019

11.30 – 13.00 (room 205)  

13.00 – 14.30 (room 205)


Monday – 25.02.2019

15.00 – 16.30 (room 208)  

16.30 – 18.00 (room 208)  


Wednesday – 27.02.2019

8.15 – 9.45 (room 13)    

9.45 – 11.15 (room 13)   


Thursday – 28.02.2019

11.30 – 13.00 (room 205)  

13.00 – 13.45 (room 205)

According to United Nations more than 2 million Venezuelans have left their country since 2014,  causing an unprecedented migration and refugee crisis in Latin America. This course has been designed to provide students an understanding of the key issues about the causes, effects and challenges regarding this phenomenon. The course will focus on the context of the ongoing migration wave of Venezuelans to Brazil and will bring first hand information on the characteristics of this displacement process. A variety of topics will be explored along the course, encompassing  policy responses at local, national and international levels, the characteristics of the humanitarian aid in Brazil as well as integration initiatives and challenges. 

Part I – Introduction 

  • Introduction to International migration 


Part II – Contextualizing the Venezuelan migration and refugee crisis

  • Factors pushing the Venezuelan migration flow
  • Characteristics of the Venezuelan migration flow 
  • National responses of the destination countries regarding the regularization of Venezuelan refugees and migrants 


Part III – Venezuelans migrants and refugees in Brazil 

  • Contemporary migration flow to Brazil 
  • Refugee or migrant? Conceptual challenge and its consequences 
  • The Brazilian new law of immigration – 2017
  • Asylum seekers in Brazil
  • The asylum procedures in Brazil


Part IV –Responses to migration and refugee crisis in Brazil 


  • Migration and humanitarian aid in Brazil
  • Local responses: civil society 
  • National responses: operation acolhida 
  • Global Policy Responses: The United Nations agencies 
  • Cooperation involving actors at the local, national and international levels


Part V – Migration and Integration: challenges and initiatives in Brazil

  • Xenophobia and the role of media in the migration debate 
  • Gender and migration
  • The role of the Federal University of Roraima in the support of migrants and refugees

Initiatives for the integration of migrants and refugees   

Aims of the course: 

At the end of this course, students will:

  • Have an understanding of the current Venezuelan migration and refugee crisis 
  • Comprehend the context that led to the Venezuelan migration flow
  • Develop informed views on the Venezuelan migration wave to Brazil 
  • Distinguish who can be considered a migrant and a refugee 
  • Understand how the flow of Venezuelans to Brazil has been managed, the role played by the different actors involved in the response such as the civil society, the Brazilian government, Brazilian army and the United Nations agencies. 
  • Comprehend the characteristics of the humanitarian aid in Brazil. 
  • Be familiar with several actions taken place to promote the integration of Venezuelan immigrants and refugees in Brazil.   
Teaching methods: 

 Lectures, text analysis, discussions and group work. 

Evaluation & Completion: 

Active participation in the discussions – 20 %

Written examination – 80%