Brazilian living abroad are planning a great forum, later this month, for Rio de Janeiro, where they will discuss the situation of Brazilians living abroad. The 2nd Conference of Brazilian Communities Abroad – Brazilians Worldwide, will happen at the Itamaraty Palace from October 14 to 16 and is sponsored by Brazil's Ministry of Foreign Relations.
According to government information, those participating should include politicians and scholars from countries in which there are Brazilian communities.
From Lebanon, the Arab country that concentrates a large group of Brazilians, will come historian Roberto Khatlab. He is originally from the state of Paraná but is of Lebanese descent and operates as a researcher in the Arab country.
Khatlab has several books about the migratory ties between Brazil and Lebanon, among them Mahjar, Saga Libanesa no Brasil (Mahjar, The Lebanese Saga in Brazil), published in Lebanon by publishing house Mokhatarat, and Brasil-Líbano, Amizade que desafia a distância (Brazil-Lebanon, Friendship that challenges distance), published by Edusc publishing house, in Brazil.
The meeting in Rio should also bring together several authorities from Brasil and abroad, and should include presentations about activities governments are developing in benefit of Brazilians who live in other nations. There should be panels covering culture and education, labor, social security and health, consular services and migratory regulation as well as political representation.
Each panel should present its conclusions in a plenary session. There should also be meetings with regional debates. They should be divided into four regions: the first should include North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean, the second, Europe, the third, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and the fourth, Oceania.
On October 15, in the sidelines of the conference, there should also be the first Meeting of the Legal Brazilian Diaspora, between Brazilian lawyers who operate in the sector abroad.
The meeting should take place at the headquarters of the Rio de Janeiro state Chapter of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB). This is the first meeting of the sort in the tourism area. The Conference of Brazilian Communities Abroad, in turn, is at its second edition.
2nd Conference of Brazilian Communities Abroad
October 14 to 16, 2009
Itamaraty Palace, in Rio de Janeiro
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