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Desperate Venezuelans Ignore Restrictions in Exodus to Chile

  • Venezuelans entered Chile in near record numbers in November
  • Current proposals would leave thousands without documentation
Venezuelan Immigration Bounces Back
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As Chile clamps down on illegal immigration and President Sebastian Pinera says he is closing the door to criminals entering the country “with a machete,” immigration from one country is soaring again.

The number of Venezuelans entering Chile on tourist visas leaped to 26,181 in November, the fastest pace since March, according to the Sub-secretary of Tourism. Arrivals dipped in the middle of the year after the government introduced a rule stipulating that Venezuelans needed to apply for new visas before traveling to Chile if they wanted to find work. That measures only seems to have had a temporary impact.