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AMERICA: Venezuela crisis: Brazil briefly shuts border to migrants

Brazil has re-opened its northern border with Venezuela to those fleeing economic and political turmoil there, after briefly closing it. The Supreme Court overturned an earlier order to shut the frontier until Brazil could put in place the right conditions to receive the huge influx of people. Authorities in the state of Roraima in Brazil's Amazon region say some 500 Venezuelans cross the border every day. "It is not justified to take the easy path to 'close the doors' because of difficulties in hosting refugees," Supreme Court justice Rosa Weber said in her ruling issued. The temporary order by a lower court judge stated that the border would remain open to Brazilians and other non-Venezuelans. It was also to be open for Venezuelans returning north out of Brazil. Sea and air borders were unaffected by the ruling. Many thousands of Venezuelans have fled into neighboring countries, mainly Colombia and Brazil, in search of better economic conditions.

Brazil has re-opened its northern border with Venezuela to those fleeing economic and political turmoil there, after briefly closing it.

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