Venezuelan family and access to education in Chile: "We thought we were going to have some kind of discrimination for being migrants, but it has been really nice"
Jesús and Victoria Chacín are father and daughter who, along with the family's mother and two other children, are among the hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans who have migrated to Chile in search of new horizons.
The Chacín family arrived in Chile in 2018. Jesus arrived first in February and the rest of the family arrived in July, in the middle of the southern winter, after the end of the school year in Venezuela.
Like many, the family's first concern, apart from work, was the children's right to education. And although there were many fears and doubts, their experience has been more positive than they had expected.
"Leaving Venezuela was a tough decision," says Jesús, the father of the family. "We had to leave everything in Venezuela. We had to leave everything, sell everything so that we could come and make a new life as a family, start over. It was a very difficult decision, especially for the children, because it affects them a lot not to be in the same school, to have to make new friends.
And despite these difficulties, the Chacín family is now three years old in Chile. Pandemic and all, they say their stay has been pleasant and their decision to migrate was the right one.
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