Brazilian Senate approves new Migration Law providing equal rights to foreigners

Brazilian Senate approves new Migration Law providing equal rights to foreigners

Chamber Articles Category: Legal Updates Post Date: 04/20/17 Source: Plus55 By: Plus55
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On Wednesday, the Senate approved the new Migration Law that guarantees the same rights for immigrants and native Brazilians. In addition to regulating the entry and exit of foreigners into the country, the text establishes fundamental rights and responsibilities. The law now awaits President Temer’s sanction.

Per the legal measures in the new text, immigrants will benefit from the same inviolable human rights as Brazilian nationals. These rights include the right to life, liberty, equality, security, and property. Furthermore, it guarantees immigrants the same rights to public services like healthcare and education. Immigrants will also receive work documentation and the right to social security. Finally, immigrants will have the opportunity to hold public office or work in the public sector, except for those expressly reserved for Brazilian-born nationals.

Moreover, the law criminalizes human trafficking, targeting traffickers who facilitate the illegal entry of foreigners into Brazil (or of Brazilians into foreign countries). The punishment for such acts is 2 to 5 years in prison, plus a fine. Sentences vary in cases involving violence.

The text also protects refugees, assuring that no person fearing persecution in their home country will ever face deportation. Read Full Article