Any decision regarding resettlement of refugees to Chile is made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the Interior. They establish an annual resettlement target in consultation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
To qualify for resettlement in Chile, the person must be recognised by UNHCR and belong to one of these categories:
- legal or physical protection needs: when the refugee meets one of these conditions:
- Immediate or long-term threat of forced repatriation or expulsion
- Threat of arbitrary arrest, detention or imprisonment
- Threat to human rights or physical integrity/safety, analogous to that considered under the refugee definition and rendering asylum untenable
- refugees victims of violence and /or torture
- women at Risk
- refugees without local integration prospects in the first country of asylum
Family Reunification for Resettled Refugees
- spouses, including common-law spouses with proof of relationship (e.g. birth certificates of joint offspring);
- children, biological or adopted, under 21-years-old or economically dependant regardless of their age; and
- elderly parents who are economically dependent.