São Paulo, November 13, 2018 (UNHCR) – The Council of Education, Research and Extension (CEPE) of the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) unanimously approved, last Friday (9), a resolution for the creation of an annual selection process for refugee and immigrant with humanitarian visa who wish to graduate from the institution.
The resolution provides for 10 additional annual vacancies, with an exclusive selective process for these candidates. The procedure will still go through regulation.
The Resolution 13/14 – CEPE, which regulates the access of refugees and immigrants holding humanitarian visa regularly admitted in Brazil by means of vacancies, remains in force.
According to Tatyana Friedrich, deputy coordinator of the Migration Policy Program and Brazilian University (PMUB), this decision means the consolidation of a work carried out five years ago by UFPR. Since 2013 the project welcomes and supports migrants and refugees.
“This fact represents the awareness of the Rector, the Council and the university community regarding the issue of migrants and refugees, which are a reality today in the state of Parana. It also shows that UFPR is an institution committed to the inclusion and emancipation of the underprivileged”, she says.
In September 2013, UFPR signed a Partnership Agreement with UNHCR, the UN Agency for Refugees, to implement the Sérgio Vieira de Mello Chair. As early as 2014, the Extension and Research Program “Migration Policy and the Brazilian University” was started, with the purpose of developing policies for the reception and insertion of refugees and immigrants in undergraduate and postgraduate courses, also in the process of revalidation of diplomas for foreigners.