In the midst of a global refugee crisis, Brazilian congress has approved a new migration law, considered initially by many specialists as abreakthrough. Yet, after the bill was unanimously approved by the National Congress in May, pressure from right-wing politicians, the security forces, and extreme right-wing activists forced President Michel Temer to disfigure the law into something unrecognisable by vetoing several items in it.
The new Migration Law will be replacing the previous Statute of the Foreigner, a bill inherited from the military dictatorship, which among its other ills, treats any foreigner as a potential threat – something quite odd considering Brazil is a nation built on the migration of peoples from different parts of the world.
Full article at Al Jazeera’s website. Date of publication: 17/06/2017