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In 2022, Brazil hosted 562,589 refugees, asylum-seekers, stateless persons and other persons needing international protection, most of them coming from Venezuela, Haiti and Cuba.

UNHCR supports authorities in further expanding the progressive refugee public policies in place to ensure refugees’ effective access to rights and services. We work to promote their self-reliance and socio-economic inclusion and integration through their insertion into national programs. 

Brazil has always played a pioneering and leading role in the international protection of refugees. It was the first country in the Southern Cone to ratify the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees in 1960. Refugees enjoy the protection of the Brazilian Government and can, therefore, obtain documents, work, study and exercise the same rights as any foreign citizen with regular status in the country.

UNHCR is represented by the head office in Brasilia and field offices in São Paulo, Manaus, Boa Vista Belém and Pacaraima. We work in cooperation with CONARE and in coordination with federal, state and municipal governments, as well as other government agencies, civil society organizations, the private sector and academia.

For information about our work in Brazil:


Are you a refugee or asylum-seeker in Brazil? Find information about your rights and available services on our HELP site.

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Brazil website

Visit the UNHCR Brazil website for more information on our work in the area and the latest local news and stories.

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Legislation and guidance

For legislation, case law and UNHCR policy relating to claims for international protection, visit Refworld.

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Office contact details

The UNHCR Representative in Brazil

Street Address:
SCN ¿ Quadra 05 ¿ Edificio Brasilia Shopping, Torre Sul ¿ Sala 801, Asa Norte ¿ Brasilia ¿ Distrito Federal, 70715-000 Brasilia, DF, Brazil

Mailing Address:
Caixa Postal 8808, 70312-970 Brasilia, DF, Brazil

+55 61 30445744

[email protected]

Time zone:
GMT +3

Working hours

  • Monday: 8:00 - 18:00
  • Tuesday: 8:00 - 18:00
  • Wednesday: 8:00 - 18:00
  • Thursday: 8:00 - 18:00
  • Friday: closed
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed