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Brazil court bars Venezuelans crossing border

AFP  |  Sao Paulo 

A Brazilian federal court has ordered a block on crossing the border from their economically imploding country, but there was no indication Monday of the suspension yet taking effect.

The judge, in the northern Brazilian state of on the Venezuelan border, said in his "provisional" ruling issued on Sunday that the order should take effect immediately. It applies to land crossings at the border, not air or sea arrivals.

Roraima's capital has seen its number of inhabitants swell by nearly eight percent with the arrival of some 25,000 over the past two years.

A government body helping arriving Venezuelans, the Logistics and Humanitarian Task Force, said the suspension had not come into effect by yesterday. It said the government was working to suspend the court order.

Most leaving their country -- where and medicine are scarce and their money, the bolivar, has become practically worthless -- do so by crossing at land border points.

It is estimated that around 500 a day cross into Most settle in state, but others go on to other Brazilian states or to other countries such as or

The court order has the backing of Roraima's governor, Suely Campos, who said in a statement that "we have been asking the to close the border since May."

Brazilian has said several times that the border with would not be closed.

In the first half of this year, 56,740 Venezuelans sought legal status to stay in Brazil, with 35,540 of them applying for refugee status.

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 05:10 IST