New Law Aims to Facilitate Immigration in Peru

A draft law for immigrants oriented to making it easier for foreign citizens to live in Peru was announced today amid an increasing flow of foreign citizens into the country, with an average of over 130 daily. The proposed law was drafted by the Public Defender and the Andean Commission of Jurists and presented by Andean Parliament member Alberto Adrianzen to the Multisectorial Group of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, which oversees that issue.

Adrianzen said that the draft law aims to update the present law, which is obsolete, with disproportionate obstacles and senseless procedures for foreigners who want to live and work in Peru.

He said a modern law is needed that respects the human rights of immigrants and treats them better, just as Peru is demanding that the European Union eliminate its visa requirement for Peruvians.

In 2012, 40,359 foreigners arrived in Peru to live from Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Spain, Bolivia, Brazil, the United States and Venezuela, Adrianzen said.

According to the National Institute of Statistics and Computer Science, from January to August of this year, the country had 31,636 immigrants, for a 11.3 percent increase compared to the same period of 2012.

Adrianzen explained the new draft law eliminates the requirement for foreigners to enter the country as tourists, and for those who want to stay, to leave the country and reenter as immigrants.

The draft law would also give foreigners who marry Peruvians the same rights as nationals, and foreigners who arrive as victims of the crime of human trafficking would not be excluded.

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