The government of Chile showed his concern for the growing wave of migrants entering the country by steps not enabled since the beginning of the pandemic and announced the strengthening of border control in the north of the country.
“We are going to strengthen border control, we are going to work with the Foreign Ministries of neighboring countries to coordinate efforts and we are going to offer cooperation to help dismantle human trafficking gangs,” said Foreign Minister Andrés Allamand.
The announcement came after authorities in Iquique, 1,700 kilometers north of the capital, will send a letter to the president Sebastian Piñera in which they requested collaboration to face the humanitarian work that implies the entry of immigrants through clandestine passages in the middle of the pandemic of the COVID-19.
“This situation requires State treatment. A border area like ours, and in the context of this pandemic, may be exposed to this situation on repeated occasions,” the mayor of the northern city, Mauricio Soria, said in the letter.
The Medical College of the region pointed out that the continuous flow of buses that arrive with citizens in an irregular situation could cause the collapse of health residences in which migrants quarantine for 14 days.
“The health consequences that this situation can bring can be very serious and will not prevent the pandemic continue, “said the group.
REVIEW OF THE IMMIGRATION POLICY
In Chile, a country that until the beginning of the protests last October was very attractive to migrate due to its political and economic stability, there are 1.4 million migrants, which is equivalent to more than 7% of the population.
The venezuelan are the most numerous, followed by peruvian, Haitians Y colombians, according to the Department of Immigration and Migration (DEM).
The Interior Minister, Víctor Pérez, for his part, asked Parliament to approve an immigration bill presented by the Government itself under the slogan “order the house.”
“It is essential to have an immigration law that provides the State with tools to combat the irregular state,” he said.
The bill, which has drawn criticism from the opposition and promigrant organizations, seeks to avoid irregular migration, at a time when the country faces the greatest economic crisis in four decades due to the pandemic.
According to the Investigation Brigade of Trafficking in Persons of Chile (Bitrap), the illegal trafficking of immigrants has multiplied by 14 in the last two years.
(With information from EFE)