Chili A military deployment began this Monday at critical points on the border with Peru and Bolivia, a measure that will last 90 days and seeks to increase control of the irregular entry of migrants that affects the area.
”Chili it takes a long time without doing what you need to do to have good control. This is not just a matter of the lack of military presence; many things were missing”, said the Minister of the Interior, Carola Tohá, from Colchane, the epicenter of the migration crisis.
At almost 3,700 meters above sea level, hundreds of people, mostly Venezuelan families, haggle the few Colchane checkpoints daily with the aim of reaching Iquique and then making the jump to the Chilean capital, Santiago.
”One must wonder why in the country the Government of President Boric found customs with so little equipment; why he met the police installed at the border in some sentry boxes that are held upright with some sticks that tie up; why we find ourselves with a recently constituted Migrant Service with a waiting list of thousands of thousands of thousands of peoples”, pointed out the Secretary of State.
The measure of the Chilean Government will be applied in critical areas of the northern border in the regions of Arica and Parinacota, Antofagasta and Tarapacá. In recent years, dozens of people have died trying to enter Chile through clandestine routes in the highlands, an inclement area It reaches high temperatures during the day and at night it drops below 0º Celsius.
These dangerous steps continue to form the main irregular entry route to Chile, which despite the pandemic and the social crisis of 2019 continues to be one of the most attractive countries to migrate within Latin America due to its political and economic stability.
Although local communities point out that most of the entry is led by Venezuelans, in recent weeks the irregular arrival of Colombians and Salvadorans has been reported.
In total there are 1.4 million migrants in the Latin American country, which is equivalent to more than 7% of the population, and Venezuelans are the most numerous, followed by Peruvians, Haitians and Colombians.
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