Brazil hosted 3,800 refugees and asylum seekers, including 16 newly resettled refugees, 15 from Colombia. Asylum applications dropped by half, with 420 recorded in 2003. Only 58 were granted refugee status during the year, coming from ten different nationalities with 27 being Colombians. The largest groups of asylum seekers were Angolans (75), Colombians (45) and Cubans (45). Brazil rejected 250 asylum applicants, of which 110 were Angolans, 27 Colombians and 27 Cubans. It had 580 cases pending at the end of the year. The main refugee groups in Brazil were Angolans (2,000), Liberians (270), people from the Democratic Republic of Congo (170), and Sierra Leoneans (150).

Brazil is a party to the UN Refugee Convention and its Protocol and has a national refugee law. In 2002, Brazil became the 17th country in the world to offer resettlement to refugees in need of a durable solution. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees and partners in Brazil produced a video during 2003 to promote further refugee resettlement in Brazil.


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