Chile has become the newest country to be resettling Syrian refugees. Sixty-six Syrians (32 children, 16 women and 18 men) arrived there yesterday from Lebanon, as part of a refugee resettlement programme led by the Chilean government with the support of the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.
In Santiago the refugees were welcomed by the country’s president, Michelle Bachelet as well as UNHCR’s regional representative, Michele Manca di Nissa and others. They will be hosted in two different communities: Villa Alemana, some 100 kilometers northwest of the capital, and Macul in the central-eastern part of the Greater Santiago area.
“We congratulate Chile’s government and society for extending their hand in solidarity with Syrian refugees in need and for participating in the response of the international community to one of the greatest humanitarian crises since the Second World War”, stated UNHCR’s Manca di Nissa.