According to United Nations (UN) figures, the number of people living in a country other than that of birth has increased considerably: 272 million in 2019, 51 million more than in 2010. Migrants comprise 3.5% of the world’s population, a figure that continues to rise from 2.8% in 2000.
Likewise, according to the same organization, in 2019 Chile had about 939,992 migrants, mostly from Peru, Colombia and Venezuela.
This December 18th marks International Migrant Day, an opportunity to discuss the Immigration and Aliens Bill, where dozens of organizations, opposition parliamentarians and constitutional lawyers filed an unconstitutionality order with the Constitutional Court (TC), which considers that it contains rules restricting the rights of migrants, including children , girls and adolescents.
Today, the discussion focuses on challenging 13 articles, including the violation of the rights of children and adolescents, where there would be no protection for children when it accompanies a person who is returned or expelled from the country. That is why it is necessary to build a law that protects them and protects them under any circumstances. Unfortunately, in many cases the migration process has had xenophobic responses from society, creating sociocultural barriers more noticeable and starting to form a problem of stigmatization and discrimination.
But are we an inclusive country in terms of migration? To promote this it is essential to know how to involve society and where there is a cultural cross: from a level of Interculturality, where the person possesses the same rights and duties, that is, full acceptance, respect, whether for his country, color, profession, among others.
It is necessary to support and protect those who come to build a better life and to be the voice of protection of minors who cannot defend themselves. It is time to shake hands with the foreigner who seeks to succeed and who left his country in search of better opportunities. It is time for us all to build a more inclusive, collaborative, empathetic and humanitarian Chile.
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