The Inclusion of Immigrants in Salta

In recent years, the number of immigrants in Salta—and in other communities across the world—has been increasing. As a result, Salta has been forced to confront a pressing need for new laws and systems that ensure inclusion in the community and protection from discrimination for its immigrant populations.

Why does the community have this need?:

As a country, Argentina has a long history of accepting immigrants. In the past, many of these immigrants flocked to major commercial hubs like Buenos Aires in pursuit of economic opportunities. Today, however, immigrants are setting their sights on smaller, but still developed cities like Salta.

In fact, many immigrants want to come to Salta for the very same reasons that Josh and I chose to settle here after leaving Bolivia. With a total population of just over 500,000 people, Salta feels much calmer, more navigable and easier to manage than a kaleidoscopic city like Buenos Aires, which is home to more than 13 million people! Salta offers many of the same amenities than can be found in larger cities at a lower cost. It’s estimated that a foreigner living in Buenos Aires would need 75,000 Argentine pesos ($1,250 USD) per month to enjoy the same amenities that a foreigner living in Salta could enjoy for 58,000 Argentine pesos ($967 USD) per month.

There are also many good schools and hospitals here, as well as plenty of banks, supermarkets, pharmacies, restaurants, parks and museums. While it is a very walkable city, there is also a fantastic public transportation system in Salta. Many people who cannot afford to own a car rely on the buses. Plus, all of the goods and services that are offered here help to create more job opportunities.