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Fighting for Family Reunification: the Congolese Experience in São Paulo, Brazil

Martuscelli, PN; (2020) Fighting for Family Reunification: the Congolese Experience in São Paulo, Brazil. Journal of Refugee Studies 10.1093/jrs/feaa105. (In press).

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Abstract

Refugees in Brazil have no political rights. However, problems with family reunification visas in the Brazilian Embassy in Kinshasa was a cause that united Congolese refugees in Brazil. This article analyzes the political articulation of this group in São Paulo. I conducted semi-structured interviews with refugees who act as spokespersons for this movement, and I analysed their strategies of organization, presentation of claims, and political pressure to solve this issue through analysis of documents produced by them and delivered to Brazilian authorities. Even though they had no success, they developed an organizational structure composed by a WhatsApp group for fast communication and periodic meetings in person in the centre of São Paulo. This structure can be used to demand other rights and to continue to pressure the Brazilian government.

Type: Article
Title: Fighting for Family Reunification: the Congolese Experience in São Paulo, Brazil
DOI: 10.1093/jrs/feaa105
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/jrs/feaa105
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10127053
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