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An Expat Talks about Living in Santiago, Chile

Jan 28, 2019


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An expat who has lived in Santiago, Chile for 23 years talks about how the city has changed due to immigration and the fact that fewer people are religious.

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Santiago

How long have you lived there?

23 years

What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?

Sports at a reputable club. Meet the residents in the. Holding where one s to live. Get in loved in the s books your children (if any) go to. Sign up for a soccer (futbol) club.

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In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.

Santiago has become a very diverse city over the past three years. Religion, which ran 95% of the country, has dwindled as it has around the rest of the world. Diverse cultures, due to immigration principally from Haiti, Columbia and Venezuela has changed Chile's look on life forever. Different sexual belief have also become much more flexible. Homosexuality is accepted openly.

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

Santiago is a metropolitan city with all personal and professional opportunities available to anyone from any country in the world. Finding a job as an expat is difficult unless you possess the proper documentation. Most foreigners, with university or higher education come to the phone companies, the service industry. Is much more flexible when it comes to hiring working class expats foreigners.

In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?

The typical Chilean works +10 hours a day. That is due to his not being able to focus for eight to leave on time. In general, families focus on families. Weekends are considered as religious family lunches and meetings

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If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.

Santiago I would give them advice to be open minded, considerate of the local cultures, and respectful of local traditions. I have lived in three different countries around the world and no one can honestly say what it's like to live in any of those countries until they experience it for.

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