The interiorization is a program of the Brazilian federal government for the Venezuelan population living in Roraima and Amazonas that aims to safely move to other parts of Brazil. The program prioritizes Venezuelans who are in a vulnerable situation in the cities of Boa Vista, Pacaraima and Manaus, both in shelters and outside them. The internalization process is completely voluntary and free.
How does the internalization process work?
Depending on the modality, the federal government and the United Nations enter into contact with municipalities, civil society organizations, companies or individuals interested in receiving Venezuelans in other Brazilian states, and guarantee the good functioning of the program. Once the number of places available is confirmed, Venezuelans who wish to participate in the process are identified, selected and then undergo a health assessment before the trip. In destination cities, Venezuelans tend to have more job opportunities and can continue to access public health, education and social assistance programs.
I am Venezuelan and I want to be internalized, what should I do?
Anyone can request the inclusion of their name in the registration of the internalization process free of charge and voluntarily. For this, the following steps must be followed according to the type of interiorization desired.
You must have all the basic requirements for registration in the internalization system:
A. Request for Protocol for Refugees, Protocol for Temporary Residence or National Registry of Migration (RNM);
B. Individual Taxpayer Registration (CPF);
C. Vaccine certificate:
- Yellow Fever: Mandatory for people between 9 months and 60 years old. You must wait 10 days after the vaccination to be able to board;
- MMR: mandatory for people between 6 months and 49 years old. You must wait 14 days after the vaccination to be able to board;
D. As of September 2019, the Work and Social Security Card (CTPS) is a fully digital document and you no longer need to send it to access the internalization.
It is important to remember that it is NOT necessary to change your documents to access the modalities of internalization. Individuals with an asylum application protocol or temporary residence documents have the same rights, both in relation to the right to work, health and education, and the modalities of internalization.
For more information and to register, go to the Interiorization Coordination Center:
PTRIG Boa Vista: Treze de Setembro, Boa Vista – RR, 69308-050
PTRIG Manaus: Av. Torquato Tapajós, 1047 – Da Paz, Manaus – AM
PTRIG Pacaraima: BR 174, s/n.
What are the specific modalities of internalization and how do I register?
1. Institutional internalization shelter by shelter
This modality is aimed at Venezuelans who are in Roraima and who need shelter in the destination city. Internalization from shelter to shelter will allow you to move to a city outside the state of Roraima and reach a safe space (shelter), where you can stay up to 3 months. The priority population of this modality are those sheltered in the Rondon 2 shelter in the city of Boa Vista. When you are in any of the shelters in Roraima, you must inform the coordination of the shelter that you want it to be internalized. After registration, you are placed on a waiting list for the transfer to Rondon 2 as soon as a vacancy arises. Transfers are made according to the length of stay in Brazil (date of entry of the asylum protocol or temporary residence). For travel to shelters outside of Roraima, the same applies: they are carried out according to the profiles of each shelter and the time of residence in Brazil of those registered.
2. Internalization by Family Reunification
This modality is strictly for people who have relatives outside Roraima and Amazonas, with proven kinship, and the financial and social conditions to receive them once transferred to their final destination. This kind of internalization supports the reunification of families that are separated. In Roraima and Amazonas, people living in shelters can be registered, as well as people living outside them. To search for this modality in Roraima, you must register at the PITRIG in Pacaraima or in Boa Vista at the Reference Center of the Federal University of Roraima. To seek this modality in Manaus, you must register with PITRIG in Manaus.
3. Internalization by Social Meeting
The social gathering modality is very similar to the family gathering, the only difference is that it is not necessary to have family members in the destination city, but a friend or someone you trust and is available to receive you. This means that you need to have the address of the person who will receive you, and at the same time the guarantee that it will be in a safe place. For this, the person who will receive it must provide proof of a source of monthly income, in addition to the absence of a criminal record.
It is important to understand that in this modality your livelihood and other needs must be provided in the reception room by the person who receives you. People who live in Roraima and Amazonas can be registered in shelters, as can people who live outside them. To search for this modality in Roraima, you must register at the PITRIG in Pacaraima or Boa Vista or at the Reference Center of the Federal University of Roraima. To search for this modality in Amazonas, you must register with the PITRIG in Manaus.
4. Internalization through work
This modality aims to internalize Venezuelans who are in the state of Roraima and who will be hired by a company. The quotas of the contracting companies are managed by the “internalization cell” (Federal Government), which identifies vacancies, assists in the process of selecting workers and in transport to the workplace. UNHCR can provide support in specific vulnerability cases for the first month in the destination city. People who live in shelters can be registered, as can people who live outside them. To look for this mode, you must register with PITRIG in Pacaraima or Boa Vista.
Once the trip is confirmed, you will be notified of the process and the date by which you must undergo a medical check-up, documentation check and update of your registration. Before the trip, you will also have access to an “Information about the destination city” section.
Interiorization and integration in the destination: UNHCR's network of services and partnerships
What are the specific modalities of internalization and how do I go iSince April 2018, when the Internalization Strategy began, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, supports the Brazilian Government in the implementation of this pillar of Operation Acolhida, which facilitates the guarantee rights, autonomy and local integration of Venezuelan refugees and migrants who are in Brazil. UNHCR supports all forms of internalization and acts in all its phases, be it before departure, during the trip and at the final destination. The diagram below, divided by stage of internalization, details the various supports, services and referrals made by UNHCR in the different cities through which the voluntary beneficiaries of the Strategy pass.
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