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<p style="direction:ltr;font-size:14px;line-height:1.4em;color:#444;font-family:"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;margin:0 0 1em"><strong>Many thanks to Michael O'Neal for sharing this fascinating article by Piotr Kozak (<em><a style="text-decoration:underline;color:#2585b2" href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/29/caribbean-migrants-chile-desert-minefield" target="_blank">The Guardian</a></em>) reporting on the Dominican and Haitian (and Venezuelan) migrations to Chile. The article underlines that more than 50,000 Haitians and 15,000 Dominicans are “part of an economic story quickly moving up the political agenda.” See excerpts here and full story via <em><a style="text-decoration:underline;color:#2585b2" href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/29/caribbean-migrants-chile-desert-minefield" target="_blank">The Guardian</a></em>:</strong></p>
<p style="direction:ltr;font-size:14px;line-height:1.4em;color:#444;font-family:"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;margin:0 0 1em">Digna Batista was promised she would be heading to paradise when she paid people smugglers to take her from the <a style="text-decoration:underline;color:#2585b2" href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/dominicanrepublic" target="_blank">Dominican Republic</a> to Chile. Instead, she found herself walking across a desert minefield to encounter a less than sympathetic welcome in a society that is struggling to accommodate a growing number of migrants from the Caribbean.</p>
<p style="direction:ltr;font-size:14px;line-height:1.4em;color:#444;font-family:"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;margin:0 0 1em">Discrimination, labour abuse and outdated immigration policies have made adjustment difficult for many among the more than 50,000 Haitians and 15,000 Dominicans who are part of an economic migration story that is quickly moving up the political agenda before a presidential election later this year.</p>
<p style="direction:ltr;font-size:14px;line-height:1.4em;color:#444;font-family:"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;margin:0 0 1em">Batista borrowed more than $2,500 to pay <em>coyotes</em> for the journey across the Andes and the Atacama Desert in the hope of finding a better life. [. . .]</p>
<p style="direction:ltr;font-size:14px;line-height:1.4em;color:#444;font-family:"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;margin:0 0 1em">The dangers are all too real. More than 50,000 mines were laid by the Chilean military in the 1970s – a time of dictatorship and paranoia about Peru. Although the army subsequently promised to decommission them all by 2012, progress has been slow and about 40,000 are still in place. Warning signs are either inadequate, misplaced or ignored by desperate migrants. Last year, a 24-year-old Dominican, Daniel Sosa, lost his left foot when he stepped on a mine trying to enter the country illicitly to find work after being denied a visa.</p>
<p style="direction:ltr;font-size:14px;line-height:1.4em;color:#444;font-family:"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;margin:0 0 1em">A string of such incidents – some of them fatal – have caused growing diplomatic concern that Chile’s border policies are driving people to risk illegal crossings. The Dominican Republic consul in Arica, Nina Consuegra, said Chile’s PDI border police are now stopping and denying entry to anyone who is either black or Venezuelan if they fail to show pre-paid hotel vouchers and return tickets.</p>
<p style="direction:ltr;font-size:14px;line-height:1.4em;color:#444;font-family:"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;margin:0 0 1em">But even those who arrive legally face prejudice. Until the 1990s, <a style="text-decoration:underline;color:#2585b2" href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/chile" target="_blank">Chile</a> had only a small black population, so the recent arrival of a black migrants has caused a stir. History suggests this ought not to be the case. A 2014 genetic study found that one in two Chileans had ancestors among the thousands of African slaves brought to the country between the 16th and 19th centuries. But Chile’s elite have long preferred to emphasise their country’s European roots and the newcomers are now the subject of a growing debate. [. . .]</p>
<p style="direction:ltr;font-size:14px;line-height:1.4em;color:#444;font-family:"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;margin:0 0 1em">The current system is widely criticised as outdated. One notorious immigration law – a holdover of the Pinochet dictatorship – intrinsically views all migrants as potential subversives, said Jean Claude Pierre-Paul, a Haitian social worker.</p>
<p style="direction:ltr;font-size:14px;line-height:1.4em;color:#444;font-family:"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;margin:0 0 1em">[. . .] Cooler heads urge self-reflection. In the Independencia neighbourhood, social worker Patricia Loredo, who helps run the Sin Fronteras migrants rights collective, believes Chileans need to be much better informed and educated about their heritage. “Most Chileans don’t have a clear idea of their cultural identity,” she stated, “but this is clearly a mixed-race society.”</p>
<p style="direction:ltr;font-size:14px;line-height:1.4em;color:#444;font-family:"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;margin:0 0 1em">[Photo above (Bloomberg/Getty Images): The Puerto Principe area of Quilicura district in Santiago.]</p>
<p style="direction:ltr;font-size:14px;line-height:1.4em;color:#444;font-family:"Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;margin:0 0 1em">For full article, see <a style="text-decoration:underline;color:#2585b2" href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/29/caribbean-migrants-chile-desert-minefield" target="_blank">https://www.theguardian.com/<wbr>world/2017/jun/29/caribbean-<wbr>migrants-chile-desert-<wbr>minefield</a></p>
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