Syria conflict prompts Brazil to offer humanitarian visas
BRASïLIA (AFP) - The Brazilian government on Tuesday agreed to provide two-year humanitarian visas for Syrian and other citizens affected by the Syria conflict, the justice ministry and UN officials said.
So far, 250 Syrians affected by the conflict have arrived in Brazil, but the number has increased in the past few days, with the government receiving 27 refugee status requests just last Friday, the ministry added.
A ministry spokesman said the government took the action because Brazil has a large, long-established Syrian community.
Brazil opposes any military intervention in Syria that is not authorized by the UN Security Council.