Facilitating the way out of poverty to sustainable livelihoods and strengthening the self-reliance of 2,100 asylum-seekers, refugees and host community households (10,500 individuals) by implementing the Graduation Approach Model in Brazil.
According to CONARE (Brazilian National Committee for Refugees), the refugee population in Brazil stands at approximately 50,000 people from 55 different countries, with Venezuelans representing 90% of this total. Brazilian authorities estimate that around 260,000 Venezuelans currently live in the country.
A recent livelihoods and market capacity assessment was conducted by Caritas Switzerland (CACH) amongst asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants. Upon registration in Caritas Switzerland’s beneficiary database in Brazil, 89% of the affected population were unemployed and 87% had no access to any social benefits in Brazil.
Brazil is currently the country with the third highest number of reported COVID-19 cases, at 3.669.995 cases and 116.580 deaths. Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has estimated a 5.3% reduction in the Brazilian gross domestic product (GDP) for 2020. CACH currently has a project in the north-eastern part of Brazil in six states as a part of a COVID-19 response, distributing sanitary items, food packages from local producers as well as implementing awareness raising campaigns.