Talk:Immigration to Chile

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This article has been supplemented with information translated from the corresponding article in Spanish. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Zaboo72 (talkcontribs)

Which seems like a bad idea, as that material is largely unsourced. It is also misleading to speak of a "wave" of Afghan, Vietnamese, or Pakistani immigration in Chile. These countries all have millions of their nationals living abroad: Afghan diaspora, overseas Pakistani, overseas Vietnamese. A few dozen choosing Chile as their destination is hardly worth mention --- especially if it's completely unverified, and especially when you compare it to the millions of Afghans in Iran about whom we don't even have an article yet. If my editing seems aggressive, keep in mind there have been repeated attempts to insert hoaxes about migration to Latin America into Wikipedia (including a mention of thousands of Afghans in Chile); a user was even indef-blocked for this behaviour and a year later I'm still finding messes he left behind. cab (talk) 17:04, 25 August 2009 (UTC)
The generally low number of South Asians (i.e. Afghans, Filipinos, Indians, Iranians, Laotians, Malaysians, Nepalis, Pakistanis, Thais, Tibetans and Vietnamese) residing in Chile are generally miniscule. Mainly they arrived during the Cold War era as military advisors to the pro-US Pinochet regime (1973-89). But the British-owned saltpeter and copper mining industry hired about 500 to 1,000 Indian workers from Bengal (Bangladesh), Sri Lanka and Punjab in the 1920's, most of them settled in the city of Iquique, where their descendants can be found today. + (talk) 06:01, 1 April 2010 (UTC) The Little Indian News article has a listing of the number of Non-resident Indian populations of each country in the world: Chile is on the list. 650-660 persons reported to have Indian or South Asian ancestry, and that's quite a few. But it furthers the diversity of Chile's demographic profile of its many ethnic communities. + (talk) 06:22, 5 June 2010 (UTC)

Ok I returned, I say the Barrio Patronato in downtown Santiago is Chile's most dense immigrant community, mostly consists of almost every Asian, African and European nationality. It was once a largely Jewish, then Arab and now East Asian section in the 20th going on the 21st century. Recently, there was a rash of anti-Israeli demonstrations in part of Iraqi immigrants settled down in Chile, acts of vandalism against Arab (esp. Palestinian)-owned property, some anti-Japanese agitation by Chinese and Koreans; and the US Department of State working with the CIA reported a few Al-Qaeda agents from Pakistan and Iraq found their way to Chile, one case back in June when a Pakistani man was arrested for trespassing while he shouts verbal threats at an US embassy in Santiago. + (talk) 02:45, 2 August 2010 (UTC)
Other North American nationalities like Costa Ricans, Mexicans, Haitians and Dominicans arrived in Chile in the past decade or so for employment opportunities and political asylum. There are now 5,000 to 10,000 Haitians in the country, and during the 2010 Chile earthquake, the already resettled Haitians fled the earlier 2010 Haiti earthquake was further traumatized. Meanwhile the neighboring country of Argentina as well attracted tens of thousands from the Dominican Republic, often young (teenage?) girls forcibly involved in the booming illicit human sex trafficking ring between the two nations with Chile as a middle stop for their leaders. About a year or two ago, the Chilean government organized a guest labor program with the Haitian and Dominican governments. (talk) 00:59, 26 November 2011 (UTC)