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Migration and Development in Chile

Teodora-Maria Daghie

The paper analyses the migration issues in Chile from the perspective of the relation with the European Union. In the last decade, the number of people living in the country who have a different than Chilean nationality has grown significantly. Unfortunately, Chile is in its infancy in respect to cultural diversity and immigration generates clear tensions, especially in a country that lives the myth of being culturally homogeneous and believed (wrongly) to be different (there are even those who feel "superior") to the population of the neighbouring countries.Thus, the immigration phenomenon is here to stay and this implies that we must have (among other things) authorities with clear principles and human rights, when exercising the powers and prerogatives of office. This is not only a humanistic reason, but also because it is their duty, comply with and enforce national law, which despite its flaws and thanks to the many international treaties, protect the human rights of all its citizens. The paper examines the multilateral cooperation in the field of human rights and economy between Chile, the European Union and individually with its members, with a strong emphasis on the legal framework governing the relations between them and underlining the strong role of cooperation to achieve sustainable development.



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