A abertura da 7a edição do Fórum Social Mundial das Migrações (FSMM), nesta quinta-feira (7) em São Paulo, foi marcada pela sanção do Projeto de Lei 142/2016, que institui a Política Municipal para a População Imigrante. Com isso, a capital paulista se tornou a primeira cidade do país a ter uma lei que visa garantir os direitos dos estrangeiros que nela vivem.
Municipal policy for immigrants in São Paulo is sanctioned at WSFM opening
By Ricardo Rossetto and Géssica Brandino
English version by Fernando Chebra
The opening of the 7th edition of the World Social Forum of Migration (WSFM), on this Wednesday (7th) in São Paulo, was marked by the sanction of the Law Project 142/2016, which establishes the Municipal Policy to the Immigrant Population. With that, São Paulo’s capital became the first city in the country to have a law to assure the rights of the foreigners who live in it.
To the mayor Fernando Haddad, who was at the WSFM’s opening ceremony, the new law represents a new view to the immigrants’ and refugees’ issues. It tries to promote the equality, the inclusion and therefore, the autonomy of these people. Among the planned actions, we highlight the fight against the xenophobia and racism, the adoptions of actions to regularize the migratory situation and the support in the processing of the respective documents.
Besides that, the law institutionalizes the Immigrant Support Reference Center (CRAI), which is a reference in social and psychologic assistance. And to strengthen the social participation of the immigrants, it creates the Immigrant Municipal Council intending to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the new policy’s guidelines.
“Hosting this Forum is an honor to the city of São Paulo, and I am sure that we will exchange lots of impression about how to face the migrating challenge in the world”, said Haddad. “We are willing to offer experiences, but also collect material so we can improve our policies about immigration. São Paulo gave the example, and I hope the other mayors do the same”.
On next Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Forum participants can attend several cultural performing and discussions about the migratory issue in Brazil and the world in six thematic conferences and 167 self-coordinated activities. The entire schedule happens at Zumbi dos Palmares University at its neighbor Centro Esportivo Tietê, near Armênia subway station.
After taking part of the WSFM previous edition in Johannesburg (South Africa), Father Paolo Parisi, Missão Paz coordinator, believes that the event is an opportunity for experiences exchanging and good actions by the refugees, migrants and institutions that work in the area. “We will have fantastic experiences”.
During the event, Missão Paz will speak about the experience in assistance to migrants in São Paulo; it will discuss themes like the new Migration Law, houses, work. And it will present the Cross Magazine new edition’s result about sexuality and gender identity in the migratory process.
To the director of the Migration and Human Rights Institute (IMDH), Rosita Milesi, the expectation is to straighten the network built by several groups and institutions. “The Forum is always a great opportunity for articulation, where the entities can relate with each other. We want to bring this proposal of joint action to the table we want to take part with some national and international networks.” The Migration and Human Rights Institute will also discuss the climatic changes and the reality of the Haitian in Brazil.