Syrian refugees create a new life in Brazil

Americas Now

AN SYRIAN REFUGEES 2

The past year has seen a mass migration away from war and violence in the Mideast. More than a million people have fled to Europe in an exodus that has burdened its borders.  But some have chosen the road to a less traveled destination… South America.

Correspondent Gerry Hadden reports on how “The Giant of the South” – Brazil – has taken in over 2,000 Syrians, and has plans for 20,000 more this year. But while life may be more peaceful for them, it’s still a struggle.

Brazil made the decision to continue fast-tracking their visas last October but the country’s deep economic crisis means jobs are scarce. In addition, many Syrian refugees know very little about Brazil or its official language Portuguese.

Gerry spends some time with one Syrian man named Talal al-Tinawi. In Syria, he had studied to be an engineer. Now he makes a living catering. Gerry also speaks to people from other countries who have sought refuge in Brazil and hears about their challenges.

Learn more in Gerry’s report from Sao Paolo for “Americas Now” here.

Syrian refugees create a new life in Brazil

Syrian refugees create a new life in Brazil

The past year has seen a mass migration away from war and violence in the Mideast. More than a million people have fled to Europe in an exodus that has burdened its borders. But some have chosen the road to a less traveled destination… South America. Correspondent Gerry Hadden reports on how “The Giant of the South” – Brazil - has taken in over 2000 Syrians, and has plans for 20,000 more this year. But while life may be more peaceful for them, it’s still a struggle. Brazil made the decision to continue fast-tracking their visas last October but the country’s deep economic crisis means jobs are scarce. In addition, many Syrian refugees know very little about Brazil or its official language Portuguese. Gerry spends some time with one Syrian man named Talal al-Tinawi. In Syria, he had studied to be an engineer. Now he makes a living catering. Gerry also speaks to people from other countries who have sought refuge in Brazil and hears about their challenges. Learn more in Gerry’s report from Sao Paolo for “Americas Now” here.