By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The number of worldwide refugees seeking asylum in Brazil more than doubled in 2013 with Syrian immigrants making up the majority of the accepted applicants. According to data gathered by the National Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, the number of asylum claims in Brazil increased by 150 percent between January and December of last year.

A total of 651 of those immigrant applications were approved with 284 of them coming from the Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed? Login Here