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Haitian immigrants make up 10% of Chile's foreign labor force according to latest report

Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Under: Migration
Haitians reached almost 10% in migrant employment

The increase of immigrants in Chile, especially Haitians immigrants, has caused significant changes to the labor market of that Latin American country.

According to a recent study published by the Latin American Center for Economic and Social Policies (Clapes UC), "Migration: change the look" the participation of foreigners in the total employment of the country reached 2.3% in the third quarter of 2017 and Haitian immigrants make up 10% of that figure; going from 1% in 2013 to 9.2% in the period July-September of this year.

This increase positioned Haiti in the fourth place of origin of foreign workers, overtaking Argentina and Venezuela.   Peru, Columbia and Bolivia respectively ranked first, second and third.

Since 2016, Chile has emerged slowly and surely as the second destination of Haitian migration, after the Dominican Republic. In South America, it dethroned Brazil, where a large Haitian community lived, which in recent years had tried to return illegally to the United States through a long and perilous clandestine journey. For the fiscal year of 2017 alone, Chilean immigration officials were expecting more than 48.000 Haitians to arrive in the country.     

48.000 Haitians are expected to migrate to Chile in 2017, said Chilean officials

The majority of Haitian migrants who come to Chile are young. 80% of them are aged 15-30 years old, and 65% are women. They are mostly students. Earlier this week, it was revealed that nearly ten thousand Haitians students were enrolled at the National university.

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