Brazil has announced plans to grant amnesty to thousands of Haitian immigrants but deport any who cross the border from Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia without visas in the future.

Brazil will issue 100 visas a month in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, both to ease the burden on border towns that have been overwhelmed by refugees seeking visas and to try to reduce dangerous smuggling operations, authorities said.

Since a 2010 earthquake in their nation, 4,000 Haitians have arrived in Brazil, rapidly expanding the already growing ranks of immigrants. They come seeking a better life and relying on relatively tolerant policies toward undocumented migrants.

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