Office of the National Ombudsman document highlights study about Venezuelan migrants
A study titled “The Economy of Roraima and Venezuelan Migrants,” by Fundação Getulio Vargas’ Department of Public Policy Analysis (FGV DAPP), was cited in a document by the Office of the National Ombudsman (PFDC), part of the Federal Public Prosecutors’ Office, written to challenge a law passed by the Municipal Council of Boa Vista that limits the share of municipal health services provided to foreigners to 50% at most.
The document says that even though Roraima has experienced some benefits from the settlement of more than 30,000 Venezuelans, the most prominent impacts have been negative. The study by FGV DAPP, which was produced in conjunction with the International Migration Observatory (OBMigra), Roraima Federal University, the UN Refugee Agency and the Higher Education School of the Federal Public Prosecutors’ Office, notes that the all-time record for the number of outpatient medical services performed in the state was seen in 2010, before the inflow of Venezuelans began.
The authors say it is impossible to prove that Brazilians living in Boa Vista have been unable to exercise their right to health care because of excessive numbers of migrants and refugees. Using data provided in the study by FGV DAPP and its partners, PFDC’s document explains that the municipal health system in Boa Vista has not been overwhelmed by Venezuelans.
“The Economy of Roraima and Venezuelan Migrants” also notes some positive impacts, such as growth in retail sales and exports, a 25% increase in revenue from Goods and Services Tax (ICMS), and 2.3% economic growth in the state between 2016 and 2017.
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