Migration crisis worsens in Chile with 17 deaths in 2021

Francisca Vargas Rivas, director of the Immigrants and Refugees Legal Counsel at the University of Diego Portales, told Télam that the current migration policy of reinforcing the border with police and military "is not working"

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The migration crisis in northern Chile continues. So far this year, 17 people - five of them in October - have died trying to enter through illegal border crossings. This situation experts believe will continue as long as the government does not rethink its migration policies and focuses only on militarizing the border.

The most recent case involves a 63-year-old Venezuelan woman who died in the Pisiga Carpa wetland (a high-altitude wetland at the border crossing between Bolivia and Chile) "after experiencing various health problems," reports Yolanda Flores, health director in Colchane in the northern . . .

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