REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS IN CHILE 288,233
PEOPLE TARGETED IN 2020 254,000
Chile hosts the third-largest number of Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Latin America representing 23% of the more than 1,25 million foreigners in country. The marked social unrest unfolding in Chile in the last quarter of 2019 particularly affected the lives of refugees and migrants in Chile, due to their financial vulnerability and reliance on steady income streams for survival. With the closure of businesses and service providers many people lost their jobs and others became precarious. Moreover, Platform partners faced constraints in delivering in a substantially altered operational context. The gradual de-escalation of the situation in the first two months of the year allowed partners to return to implementation, although at a slow pace.
A national plebiscite is planned for 25 April 2020, which will determine the future of the Constitution in Chile. Migrants with permanent residence in Chile will be able to participate in the plebiscite and vote.
Chile has assumed the presidency pro tempore of the Quito Process and will host the next meeting of the Process in Santiago de Chile, likely in June 2020. IOM and UNHCR closely coordinating the preparations for the meeting with the Government of Chile, and ensuring the substantive engagement ofthe National Platform.