A Humanitarian Crisis Called Immigration
Hi, my name is Mariana Oliveira Queiroz, student at the Alejandro Yagüe Mayor School. My story is about Venezuelan immigrants in Ji-Paraná, RO, Brazil.
Since 2013, Venezuela has been going through an economic crisis. This crisis brought many problems, such as: lack of food, lack of medicine and lack of basic supplies. That is why they decided to come to Brazil. Many have settled here in our city. According to the Pastoral Service for Migrants approximately 70 to 80 immigrants already live here. Many of them are warmly welcomed, but it does not always happen that way. There have been accusations put to the Public Ministry that some merchants have subjected Venezuelans to work similar to slavery
We need to understand that people only leave their country in extreme situations of insecurity. And that, this change from one country to another is not simple, much less a choice. It's the only option for guaranteeing survival. What will the future be like?
Fear, uncertainty, insecurity are the answers when faced with a doubtful future. Nicola Yoon, a contemporary author, says, “For most immigrants, moving to a new country is an act of faith. Even if you've heard stories about security, opportunity and prosperity, it's still a big leap to leave behind your language, your people, your country, and your roots.”