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Brazil earmarks aid for Haitian immigrants

(Xinhua)

13:20, January 31, 2012

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- Brazil has allocated 900,000 reais (about 514,000 U.S. dollars) Monday in fresh aid to the country's northern states Acre and Amazonas, which have thousands of Haitian immigrants.

The two states, bordering Peru, have seen an influx of undocumented Haitians who left their homeland after the devastating earthquake that struck the Caribbean country in January 2010.

The immigrants mainly resettled in Amazonas' Tabatinga and Acre's Brasileira. Both towns had asked for federal help as they couldn't deal with the influx.

On Jan. 10, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who is scheduled to visit Port-au-Prince on Wednesday, decided to grant work visas to about 4,000 Haitian immigrants already in the country.

Brazilian authorities also announced they would issue 1,200 five-year work permits annually to Haitians. The visa can be renewed for another five-year period if the applicant has a job in Brazil.

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