President-elect Jair Bolsonaro said his government would not send back the tens of thousands of Venezuelans who have sought refuge in Brazil from the economic breakdown in their populist ruled homeland.
The number of Venezuelans who applied for residence in Uruguay this year went up 25%, the Foreign Ministry reported Monday.Two months from the end of 2018, a total 8,897 permanent residences were processed. The majority were Venezuelans, followed by Brazilians and Argentines.
Brazil is sending additional troops to its northern frontier after residents of one of its border towns attacked Venezuelan immigrants, forcing hundreds of them to flee back into their country. Brazil's Ministry of Public Security said over the weekend it would send an additional 60 soldiers to Roraima on Monday, reinforcing a contingent already operating in the northern state.