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Business News/ News / World/  El Salvador offering 5,000 free passports to highly skilled scientists, engineers, doctors, says President Nayib Bukele
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El Salvador offering 5,000 free passports to highly skilled scientists, engineers, doctors, says President Nayib Bukele

El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele believes that although this number is small (in terms of the percentage of population) immigrants will have a ‘huge impact’ on the country's society and future with their contributions

Filer image of El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele speaking before some 14,000 soldiers gathered in a field near a military barracks near San Salvador in November 2022 (Photo by Marvin Recinos / AFP)Premium
Filer image of El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele speaking before some 14,000 soldiers gathered in a field near a military barracks near San Salvador in November 2022 (Photo by Marvin Recinos / AFP)

Nayib Bukele, the President of El Salvador has announced that the Central American country will offer 5,000 free passports to highly skilled workers. The number is equivalent to $5 billion in the country's passport programme, he added.

"We're offering 5,000 free passports (equivalent to $5 billion in our passport program) to highly skilled scientists, engineers, doctors, artists, and philosophers from abroad. This represents less than 0.1 percent of our population, so granting them full citizen status, including voting rights, poses no issue," Bukele wrote.

"Despite the small number, their contributions will have a huge impact on our society and the future of our country," he said.

"Plus, we will facilitate their relocation by ensuring 0 percent taxes and tariffs on moving families and assets. This includes commercial value items like equipment, software, and intellectual property. Stay tuned for more details," Bukele added.

Human Rights Concerns Grow Amid El Salvador's Prison Set-Up

Nearly three-quarters of El Salvador's gang members have been apprehended since Bukele initiated a crackdown two years ago, according to his security minister on April 3, AFP reported.

Gustavo Villatoro said the tally of detainees has now reached 79,184, with efforts underway to track down the remaining estimated 25,000. He also acknowledged that not all of them are within El Salvador's borders, as many have fled the country.

Speaking to the TCS television network, he stated, "With the record of arrests that we have, in general terms, we can say that we're at around 75 percent ... and that we have 25 percent left."

In March 2022, Bukele launched a campaign against gangs, employing a state of emergency that suspended the need for arrest warrants and other civil liberties.

However, Bukele's methods have faced criticism from human rights groups, with Amnesty International recently characterising them as "disproportionate."

Despite this, Bukele, who secured reelection in February for another five-year term, has pledged to persist with the crackdown "until we eradicate the little that still remains of the gangs."

(With inputs from AFP)

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Published: 07 Apr 2024, 08:36 AM IST
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