STUDY CENTER INQUIRED ABOUT QUALITY OF LIFE
ONE OF THE ASPECTS THAT THE STUDY REVEALED IS THAT ONE MOTIVATION TO STAY IN CHILE IS THE SAFETY FACTOR, WHICH THEY CONSIDER BETTER THAN IN THEIR COUNTRY.
Decembre 16, 2016
The reasons that led them to leave their country of origin and to remain in Chile were the areas inquired by the second survey conducted by the National Center for Immigration Studies of our University, whose results were presented at a conference held at the premises of the Graduate School, in Santiago.
The sampling was taken from the counties of Santiago, Estación Central, Recoleta and Independencia, and included persons over 18 years with permanent residence or four years or more living in Chile. They were asked, among other things, why did they leave their place of origin and what did they think of their stay and their prospects for the future in our country.
At the time, the director of the Center, Medardo Aguirre, stated that although the search for better employment prospects is the main motivation to come to the country, once they are here, safety becomes a key factor to make the decision to stay.
“Apart from the initial reasons to arrive, of those interviewed, 29.9 % stated that what satisfied them the most is the tranquility, order and safety and in second place, with 25.5%, mentioned jobs and the economy," he said.
The academic warned that this is in contrast with the views of the majority of our fellow-citizens concerning this factor. "While for Chileans this is a topic that is perceived as worrying, they have another perception and is that Chile is safer compared with their country of origin," he said.
Another piece of data that the study revealed is that 57.3% of them intend to continue living in Chile during the next five years, while 31.2% plans to return to their country.
Concerning the latter group, the researcher pointed out that there are several factors that influence this decision.
"The intention to stay is present to a greater extent in people who live with their children, and that have the greatest time of residence in the country," he said.
"On the other hand, persons of higher level of education are the highest percentage that wishes to stay in the country, while those of less education want to leave or return to their country of origin. This decision also has to do with the income, as people who have higher average incomes prefer to continue in Chile because they have already achieved a stability, meanwhile, those who have less income want to return", he commented.
Another aspect that, according to Medardo Aguirre, has a determinant character is the generation of networks. "Of the people who have been able to establish networks of friends and family in Chile, 82.5% aims to remain in the country," he stated.
In terms of gender, 64.7% of men expressed their intention to continue in Chile, versus 49.2% of women who chose that option.
The poll also showed that 52.4 per cent of the immigrants have children born in our territory, while 44.9% have a couple or spouse.
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