Sao Paulo: In a view to escape from their country's political and economic crisis, Venezuelan nationals have been trying to enter Brazil, following which a Brazilian judge has directed authorities to close the border.
According to reports, Federal Judge Helder Barreto ordered the shutting of the border in the northern Brazilian state of Roraima. He said that the entry of the Venezuelans should be suspended immediately until the "state could achieve an equilibrium between the arrival of migrants and their exit to other parts of Brazil".
Roraima Governor Suely Campos, who is backing the court order, said that he had been asking the Brazilian Supreme Court to shut the border.
According to state officials, an estimated 500 Venezuelans migrants enter Brazil every day, and most of them stay in Roraima. In the last three years, tens of thousands of Venezuelans are estimated to be residing in Roraima, reports said.
Since 2015, over one million people have left Venezuela to flee from the economic and political turmoil plaguing the country.