Training on the Brazilian land border paves the way for enhanced migratory flows management in the country

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BOA VISTA, 29. April 2016 - More than 70 representatives of Brazilian local, state and federal governments, civil society and the scientific community participated in the "training on migration, trafficking in human beings and assistance to people vulnerable to exploitation" held at the Federal University of Roraima (UFRR), Boa Vista on 27 and 28 April.

At the opening, the Deputy-Rector of UFRR, Américo Lyra, welcomed the participants and stressed the strategic and geographic importance of the state of Roraima as a border region with Venezuela and Guyana; The Director of the Federal Department of Justice Policy, David Pires, explained about the need to strengthen the network of local actors to ensure protection of the rights of the most vulnerable to exploitation, such as children, adolescents, women and migrants; ICMPD National Project Officer, Daya Hayakawa, talked about the MT Brazil Project and presented the role of international organizations as partners of the Brazilian government and the civil society in implementing projects and disseminating knowledge in country.

The training was facilitated by renowned specialists who shared their expertise and moderated high-level debates among the participants. The training team was composed of government officials, university professors, ICMPD researchers, one UNODC Officer and a local NGO. The course was coordinated by the ICMPD external consultant, Cintia Yoshihara.

The Coordinator of the National Immigration Council, Luiz Alberto dos Santos, presented the module on concepts and legal framework of migration, putting into perspective the international role of Brazil as a migrants sender and receiver. He also stressed the joint efforts of the federal government and civil society in guaranteeing the migrants’ human rights, regardless of their destination of choice. The expert on trafficking in persons, Federal Police Chief, Lucicleia Rollemberg presented the technical aspects of trafficking in persons and related crimes, raising awareness to this phenomenon and providing the audience with the necessary concepts to help actors identify cases and better assist victims. In this occasion, she introduced to the public the federal government’s approach to tackling the issue.

Participants showed enthusiastic interest in the training and shared their particular experiences on the topic. Among the presents were representatives of the Government of Venezuela, who contributed to the discussion by bringing along points of view from across the border.

Four more training sessions are foreseen this year. The next one in the series will be held in the city of Rio Branco, federal state of Acre, in August.



The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) has been a facilitator of EU-Africa dialogue and cooperation on migration and mobility. It will implement support projects ensuring the follow-up on the outcomes of the Valletta Summit.

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development is a key player in the migration field. The organisation has 15 member states, including Portugal since 2002, and carries out activities throughout the world, also in Sub-Saharan Africa. Besides its mission in Brussels, ICMPD has project offices in 7 countries, including in Nigeria and Tunisia.

Founded in 1993, ICMPD served as a support mechanism for informal consultations and to provide expertise in multilateral cooperation on migration. The principles of partnership and balancing of interests are the foundation of the organisation.

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The overall objective is to strengthen the capacity of the Brazilian Federal Government to better manage migratory flows, focusing on assistance and labour integration of vulnerable groups, such as returnees, migrants, and actual and potential victims of trafficking. The project is funded by the European Union; Brazilian National Secretariat of Justice; Ministry of Justice; National Immigration Council; Ministry of Labour and Employment; and the Swiss Federal Office for Migration.


Ms. Joana Barbosa
National Project Coordinator
ICMPD Liaison Office, Brasilia
Tel:  +55 61 3033-3026