Latinobarometer Signals That 7 of 10 Latinoamericans Are Against Immigrants

EFE, April 16, 2008

Seven of ten Latin-Americans are against, non-citizen people or of different race living in their country, revealed today the survey “Opportunities of Regional Integration” carried out in 18 countries of the continent in 2007.

The poll, an initiative of the Andean Corporation of Promotion (CAF) and the organization Latinobarómetro, was presented today in Lima by the executive president of the CAF, Enrique Garcia, and Peruvian authorities.

Upon taking the issue of the attitude towards immigrants, the study found that only 24 percent are in favor of foreigners of the same race or ethnic group of citizens comming to live to their country.

15 percent are in favor of receiving people of poorer countries and 14 percent are in favor of foreigners of different race or ethnic groups.

The most open countries to the arrival of foreigners of the same race or ethnic group are Uruguay (41 percent) and Nicaragua (39 percent), while Costa Rica is the most against to that possibility (9 percent).

In turn, among the most open nations to the arrival of people of poorer nations, Uruguay appears again (27 percent), followed by Mexico and Nicaragua (both with 22 percent).

The most against this practice is Ecuador (4 percent) and Paraguay (7 percent).

On the possibility that foreigners of different race comming to live to their country, the most receptive are Uruguay (30 percent), Argentina, Colombia and Nicaragua (20 percent).

While the most against is Ecuador (3 percent) and Paraguay (7 percent).

The study affirmed that “Latin America does not seem to welcome immigrants”.

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