Migration: the experiences of the crisis and how to break the myths

November 13, 2019
Communications Colunga Foundation

In these days when Chilean society has expressed its discomfort in the face of social and economic inequalities that exist in the country, part of the migrant population has decided to participate in peaceful demonstrations that seek to solve these problems.

With posters, among other actions, they have given support to Chileans, as they are also affected by public policies that do not respond to various needs.

Photo: @ColombianosAfta

The BBC He rescued testimonies of migrants who are living the demonstrations in Chile:

“The development of a country should not be built on the misery of the vast majority. I know that they cannot solve everything, they cannot meet the demands 100%, but I also know that 350 thousand pesos as a minimum wage is a misery, compared to the obligations that each family has in this country, ”he says Jean Joachim, Haitian who has been in the country for six years and who also worked in Colunga.

While Valerie Gil, a Venezuelan who has already been in Chile for five years, says: “I think this process is necessary, independent of the forms. One of my feelings since Friday, October 18, when this began to occur, was that it was a genuine social outbreak. ”

A book to fight myths

The Jesuit Migrant Service and the Fernando Vives SJ Center Alberto Hurtado University launched the book “Migration in Chile Evidence and myths of a new reality”, Where 23 experts provide data and an in-depth analysis of the contributions of the migrant population.

Some data highlighted by the publication:

-The net contribution to the treasury that migrants make, amounts to more than USD1 billion annually, as a result of taxes and payments of procedures abroad.
- Between 2002 and 2018 of the total housing subsidies provided by the State, the migrant population reached 0.79%.
- Against what you can "believe", 87% of Chileans have never or almost never had a bad experience with migrants.

“We must think about legislation and public policies that take into account both the border and the cities, where schools, the labor market or health services are located, among other places; That is where inclusion is really played. For this, it is good to have all the information updated nationally and internationally. That is the intention with this book. ” José Tomás Vicuña, National Director of the Jesuit Migrant Service.

A great contribution to promote the evidence regarding the migrant situation in Chile and thus deal with the various prejudices that have been generated in society, in addition to articulating a serious and broad debate about it.

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