How is the relationship of migrants with Chile, before and after the social outbreak?

December 13, 2019
Communications Colunga Foundation

This Wednesday, December 11, the Jesuit Migrant Service (SJM), An organization supported by the Strengthening Fund granted by Fundación Colunga, officially presented the results of “Voces Migrantes”, the first national survey that gathers the impressions of 1,025 migrants who are residing throughout Chile.

The study, available on the website, seeks to complement the relationship that Chileans have with migrants, also expressing the voices of people of different nationalities who come to our country in search of new life horizons. This is stated by the director of the SJM, José Tomás Vicuña: “It is crucial to dream and build a society, listen to all voices. Here we are knowing many dimensions of a population that already represents 8% of the country and that plans to live forever in Chile. They are not visitors, they are people subject to rights and citizens of our country and it is our duty to know first hand what they think. ”

The survey was applied in person to foreigners of legal age, before and after the social outbreak of October 18 in Chile, from Arica to Punta Arenas. This allowed us to identify the influence that said social process represented for this segment of society, whose projection of permanent permanence in our country, before the outbreak, amounted to 44%, and subsequently fell to 35.3%, a decrease of almost a 10%

The figures also presented a considerable variation in front of the question “Would Chile be nationalized?” Which revealed that 42% considered yes, prior to the crisis. After it, the figure dropped to 31%.

However, after the outbreak, the perception of the question “How included or part of Chile does it feel?” Increased, increasing the index of those who feel almost or totally included from 26.9% to 33%; as well as a high interest in participating in the next elections, where 55% of the migrant population qualified to vote was interested.

Also, when asked about what they would do if they lost their job, 65% said they would stay in Chile. This figure, for the researcher at the Center for Conflict and Social Cohesion (COES), Carolina Stefoni, represents that “in many cases, especially in those who left their country many years ago, the issue would be to return to a place that is no longer theirs . It is better to weather the storm than to risk a return to something that can be much more uncertain. ”

The study also highlights that the migrant population highlights the reception they have received in Chile, which obtained a 6 on a scale of 1 to 7.

Undoubtedly, the survey reveals that a large majority of immigrants feel integrated into our society, despite the context we are facing.

Photography: Jesuitas Chile website / Presentation of the “Migrant Voices” survey.

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