Via commenter Old Timer,
The regional government of northern Roraima in Brazil has declared a state of emergency following the mass immigration of Venezuelans fleeing their country’s crisis over the past months.
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The mass exodus of Venezuelans “has created serious difficulties for the teams in charge of providing logistical support (reception and shelter) at the border,” states the decree, and mentions health and safety concerns for both immigrants and Brazilians.
Campos recalled that Roraima received a third epidemiological alert last week from the Pan American Health Organization about the possibility that, as a result of migration, the region might experience a measles outbreak similar to the one that has affected the Venezuelan state of Bolívar for the last six months, where 38 cases of the disease have been confirmed.
An imploding economy, marked by product shortages and hyperinflation, has driven almost half-a-million Venezuelans to live in Colombia. That number includes a 50-percent rise in the past three months alone as thousands of new migrants arrive each day in search of medicine, food, and work.
These are symptoms of a larger problem: Joel Hirst writes about The Arriving Ordeal
Fragility and conflict. Those were the words for the post-cold war period, which is now over.
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