One and a half million foreigners live in Chile, which makes up approximately 8% of its population, and more than half of this population is between 20 and 39 years old, a not insignificant economically active population.

Chile has a complex national immigration context, with a marked increase in irregular migrations with little to no chance of status regularisation. The most significant difficulties are the need for more flexibility and the duration of the processes for a temporary (two years) or permanent (five years) visa.

The newcomers in Chile face various barriers, such as language, legal status, and labour market access. The Human Safety Net in Chile supports migrants’ access to the job market with a project based on entrepreneurship and a second one on employability.

Both projects have the shared goal of helping migrants unlock their potential and contribute to Chilean society.

The program

  • Launched in 2023 and it is the youngest of The Human Safety Net’s programmes.
  • The program is targeted at newcomers, mostly migrants from lower-income countries.
  • Entrepreneurship: six months business incubator and mentoring project aimed at helping women starting their business.
  • Employability: conducting employability workshops and preparing women for job interviews.


Partners involved

National partners

Scalabrini Foundation

Scalabrini Foundation, an NGO that has been working for the rights and integration of migrants in Chile for the past 17 years. It is a member of the Scalabrinian International Network (SIMN). The network has a global presence in more than 30 countries.