Syrian Refugees in Rio de Janeiro: Does the Brazilian Immigration Law Lead to Invisibilization?
Considering a global scenario in which refugees are struggling to find asylum and after that integrate themselves, it is necessary to analyze the efficiency of different immigration policies and, more specifically, their practical implications in the lives of refugees. This present paper analyzed the general scenario of refugee integration through the lenses of a study case of the Syrian Refugees in Rio de Janeiro. The question this research aims to answer is if the considered progressive
... d progressive Brazilian integration laws are actually causing a process of invisibilization. The title takes an ontological stand and supports the sociological concept of the word "invisibilization", since the object of interest is in fact the gradual process of turning invisible. The analysis of this project consists in literature review, interview with a specialist on the topic of Syrian Refugees in Rio de Janeiro, interpretation of open interviews with three refugees living in Rio and participative observation in a field research at a Refugee Festival. Analyzing all the data and personal depositions, the analysis points to two main categories of challenges for Syrian Refugees trying to integrate: a cultural isolation and local social barriers. Both types correspond to detachments from forms of their identity: isolated from their identity in Syria and not integrated enough to have an identity in Brazil. Accordingly to Brazilian legal reports, the social barrier should be facilitated if the all the policies foreseen in the Constitution and Refugee Act were actually implemented.