Chilean immigration officials say that 48.000 Haitians are expected to move to Chile in 2017. The estimation is based on the explosive number of Haitians who have been admitted to the relatively stable South American country, according to figures from previous years.
According to immigration police, between July 2015 and May 2016 Chile saw the largest increase of Haitian nationals coming in, rising from 918 to 4,306 plane tickets per month.
" We have a projection that counts for this increase. For example, from January to May of this year, more than 15.000 entered the country, at this rate we believe that some 48.000 other more could enter." Said Bernadino Cardenas, the head of the Airport Civilian Police. And according to that same official, for the month of September alone, 5,197 men, women and Haitian children came to Chile.
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.
"They are very educated people, and you realize that as soon as you start speaking to them, despite the difference in language." Continued Bernadino.
Crime rates among the Haitian community in Chile is practically non existent, according to the Airport official who says that the Chilean police conduct ongoing studies about criminal histories in Haiti of would be residents, and these studies continue once they arrive in the country.
Chile is very attractive to Haitian migrants, the South American country is politically stable is has a very strong economy and it uses the US dollars as its currencies.