REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS IN CHILE 455,494
PEOPLE TARGETED IN 2020 254,000
As of July 15, Chile has exceeded 321,000 COVID-19 positive cases. Meanwhile, Chile’s Central Bank stated that the effect of the pandemic on the economy will be devastating, noting that it would be the biggest economic crisis in 35 years. ECLAC confirmed that the economy is expected to contract by 7.9% next year.
The continued deterioration of the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic suggests that the number of the stranded refugees and migrants of all nationalities requesting humanitarian flights home will continue to increase. The Government of Chile has estimated that around 2-3 per cent of the Venezuelan population in Chile may express the wish to return to their country of origin. This is in line with the reports of R4V Partners, which have estimated that around 4,500 Venezuelans are willing to return.
Following the launch of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs “Humanitarian Returns Plan”, private sector actors, supported by some NGOs, are arranging six humanitarian flights for the return of more than a thousand migrants to Dominican Republic, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Cuba and Haiti. The first flight took place on July 13 with 180 people to the Dominican Republi