‘Migrants, with their diversity and their desire to make progress, contribute with Chile in many ways,’ the President said.
‘We are an open country, but for that we must ensure that migration occurs in order, within our laws and respecting human rights, as it should be with all the people wherever they are, he said.
The President said that the drafting of a new migration law is one of the priorities in her last year of office and she urged to care for the well-being of migrants living in Chile, and recalled that nearly 900,000 Chileans are living abroad.
‘The same way that we want our fellow Chileans to be treated out there, we also have to care about people from other countries who live, work and contribute in Chile,’ the President said.
The total number of migrants living in Chile reaches one million people, with nearly 300,000 Peruvians, the largest foreign community, and Haitians (200 Haitians arrive in Chile per day). People from Argentina Colombian, Bolivia, Ecuador and Spain also reside in Chile.