By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The government of Brazil signed this week an authorization which gives more than 43,000 Haitian permanent residency in Brazil. According to the authorities, the majority of these immigrants have entered the country through Brazil’s Northern border and do not qualify for refugee status.

“This authorization allows them to obtain their foreign residency card,” said Labor Minister, Miguel Rossetto, adding that now these new residents would be able to obtain formal jobs and take advantage of social programs available to residents.

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