The Jesuit Migrants Service and the Interpreta Foundation launch a platform to encourage the migrant vote

November 13, 2017
Communications Colunga Foundation

In Chile there are 267 thousand foreigners qualified to vote in the next elections, which will take place on November 19. That is why the Jesuit Migrant Service, together with Fundación Interpreta, launched the #MigranteParticipa campaign, an opportunity to inform and invite all eligible migrants to vote to exercise their right to vote.

#MigranteParticipa has an online platform that seeks to promote the electoral participation of migrants with all the information needed by the migrant authorized to vote, such as the programs of presidential candidates with respect to migrants so that voters exercise their right to vote in an informed manner.

"In some campaigns, migrants have been used as a political battlefield, but now we need them to get their own voice and the best way is to vote. If all migrants were to vote this November 19 they could change the course of the election"He commented Pablo Valenzuela, National Director of the Jesuit Migrant Service.

In 1999 Ricardo Lagos was elected President of the Republic, in the second round, with 190 thousand votes, while in 2009 Sebastián Piñera won the presidential election with 230 thousand votes. Today there are 267 thousand foreigners qualified to vote, therefore the migrant vote can make a difference. 

For Tomás Lawrence, President of Fundación Interpreta "As a migration laboratory we know that migrants currently occupy social networks and the internet as a source of information and communication, so in addition the campaign points to its digital strategy in social networks, seeking to reach the largest number of migrants to mobilize them in these elections ".

Enter to  and learn more about #MigranteParticipa.

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