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19 Aug 2015 description

Ivan Richard reports from Agência Brasil

Over the last four years, the number of refugees in Brazil nearly doubled, surging from 4,218 in 2011 to 8,400 in 2015. The data come from the National Committee for Refugees (Conare), linked with the Justice Minister, and were released Wednesday (Aug. 19). The most common reasons cited in asylum requests are human rights violations (51.13%), political persecution (22.5%), family reunion (22.29%), and religious persecution (3.18%).