Tuesday, 24 July 2012 16:14
Initiative will help expatriates arrange jobs before their return.
In a visit to Spain on Tuesday, Labor Minister Evelyn Matthei announced she would support an initiative to help Chilean immigrants there repatriate. Eighty one Chilean families have registered with the Spanish chapter of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in the hopes of being considered for this initiative.
“I am willing and delighted to help in everything I can to make this initiative reality,” Matthei said.
There were nearly 24,000 Chileans living in Spain as late as 2004, according to Chile’s Foreign Ministry
. However, with the country’s unemployment nearing 25 percent
, many have sought to return to Chile, where unemployment sits at 6.7 percent.
As the Facebook group “Chilean Families in Spain affected by the crisis” explains, “the problem is that many (Chileans) do not have enough resources to return, since their situation is becoming even more precarious, whether it be for lack of residency or lack of employment.”
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Shortly after graduating from Beloit College in 2011, David booked a flight to Chile and found a passion for journalism at The Santiago Times.
Outside the Times, David has been published by organizations such as the World Policy Institute and the Midwest Journal for Undergraduate Research. He likes to keep up to date on current events around the world, and has a particular interest in the Americas.