ILO Home
Go to the home page
Site map | Contact us
> MIGRANT Home > Good practices database - Labour migration policies and programmes > Informative material on the Protection of Workers' Rights:

Informative material on the Protection of Workers' Rights:


Under the National Immigration Council and with the support of the ILO, the Brazilian government produced in 2006 the handbook "Brazilians abroad - Useful Information", which was released the following year. It is an important instrument of awareness, information and warning to Brazilian emigrants abroad, which is distributed free of charge in passport issuing offices in Brazil and Brazilian Consulates abroad as well as online.
The concern of the Brazilian government as regards information to guide migrant workers and potential employers is also reflected in the following publications, also under the responsibility of the Ministry of Labour and Employment: "Working in MERCOSUR Countries - Guide for Nationals of MERCOSUR States Parties (bilingual edition - 2010)"; "Information for Brazilians in Massachusetts/USA (2011)"; "Work Permit for Foreign Professionals – Basic Legislation" (2012) and "Guide on the promotion of decent work for foreigners" (undated).
In 2011, in partnership with the Federal Public Defender’s Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched the "Handbook of Legal Guidance to Brazilians Abroad". The following year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched the handbook "Guidelines for Work Abroad: models, soccer players and other Brazilian professionals".
In partnership with the Migration and Human Rights Institute (IMDH) and Emilio Travieso, from the Society of Jesus, the National Immigration Council released the "Information Guide on work for Haitians/Gid Enfomasyon am Travay pou Ayisyen nan Brezil".
With the IMDH, the Ministry of Labour published the Haitian Creole/Portuguese handbook "Ann Pale Portigè", written by Rwolds Augustin, Miriam Spezia and Emilio Travieso, whose first edition was produced by the Human Mobility Pastoral of the Higher Solimões/Tabatinga Diocese in 2011.
In 2015, the Secretariat of MERCOSUR launched the handbook "Trabajar en el Mercosur - Información to Ciudadanos de la Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay y Venezuela para trabajar en cualquiera de estos países."
Through a partnership between the Ministry of Labour and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development under the Itineris project: “Protection of the rights of migrants from exploitation, from Brazil to the European Union”, a survey was conducted on Brazil/Portugal/Spain immigration. One of the products of this survey was the "Guide for Brazilian migrants (Brazil-Europe)."
Specific handbooks for the protection of women have also been published ("Handbook for Women Victims of Violence" – Brazilian Embassy in Oslo, "Handbook for Brazilian Emigrant Women in Lebanon"; "Information folder on domestic violence" – Consulate General in Los Angeles; "Handbook - Call 180"); for the protection of children and adolescents ("Handbook on the Protection of Children and Adolescents" – Brazilian Embassy in Oslo); and land issues ("Handbook on land legislation in Paraguay", prepared by the Brazilian Consulate General in Ciudad del Este), among other subject matters.

Implementation Period

Since 2007

Context of the intervention

The growing emigration of Brazilians in the late 1980s as well as seasonal return processes have led the Brazilian government to produce handbooks containing useful information for emigrants, which have also been produced, from the second decade of this century, for specific immigrant populations in general or immigrants within MERCOSUR.

Results/Impacts achieved

The informative materials prepared by the Brazilian government (as well as by the Secretariat of MERCOSUR) have been fundamental in providing guidance to citizens leaving or returning to Brazil and to immigrants coming to the country. Moreover, the process of developing this type of material brings together various Brazilian government agencies and also the consular network abroad, in an important exercise of mutual understanding and collaboration.

Innovation or Creativity

The government of Brazil has gone to great lengths to protect its citizens and foreign immigrants by informing Brazilians who are starting or have already started the migration process of their rights and duties, of the legislation in Brazil and in the country of destination, of issues of access to health, education and social assistance, and of labour and social security rights; by pointing out the limits of their protection vis-à-vis national sovereignty; and by identifying networks of official support and non-governmental organizations of support to migrants. It is above all a rights recognition movement.

References for Contact about the good practice

"Brasileiras e Brasileiros no Exterior - Informações Úteis" (Brazilians abroad - Useful Information) -

“Como trabalhar nos países do MERCOSUL – Guia Dirigido aos Nacionais dos Estados Partes do MERCOSUL” – (Working in MERCOSUR countries - Guide to Nationals of MERCOSUR States Parties)

“Informações aos Brasileiros em Massachusetts/EUA” (Information for Brazilians in Massachusetts/USA)

“Autorização de Trabalho a Profissionais Estrangeiros- Legislação Base” (Work Permit for Foreign Professionals - Basic Legislation)

“Guia de promoção de trabalho decente dos estrangeiros” (Guide on the promotion of decent work for foreigners)
Link not found due to the change of government in 2016.

“Cartilha de Orientação Jurídica aos Brasileiros no Exterior” (Handbook on Legal Guidance to Brazilians abroad)

“Orientações para o trabalho no exterior: modelos, jogadores de futebol e outros profissionais brasileiros” (Guidelines for work abroad: models, football players and other Brazilian professionals)

“Guia de Informação sobre trabalho aos haitianos/Gid Enfomasyon sou Travay pou Ayisyen nan Brezil” (Information Guide on work to Haitians/Gid Enfomasyon am Travay pou Ayisyen nan Brezil)

“Ann Pale Portigè”

“Trabajar en el Mercosur – Información para Ciudadanos de la Argentina, Brasil, Paraguay, Uruguay y Venezuela para trabajar en cualquiera de estos países”.

“Guia para brasileiros e brasileiras migrantes (Brasil-Europa)” (Guide for Brazilian migrants (Brazil-Europe)
Link not found due to the change of government in 2016

“Cartilha da Mulher Vítima de Violência” (Handbook for Women Victims of Violence)

“Cartilha da Emigrante Brasileira no Líbano” (handbook for Brazilian Emigrant Women in Lebanon)

“Folder informativo sobre violência doméstica” (Information folder on domestic violence)

“Cartilha - Ligue 180” (Handbook - Call 180)

“Cartilha de Proteção à Criança e ao Adolescente” (Handbook on the Protection of Children and Adolescents)

“Cartilha sobre legislação fundiária no Paraguai” (Handbook on land legislation in Paraguay)

last updated on 15.11.2017^ top