It is my great pleasure to speak to all the compatriots living abroad on the occasion of a new anniversary of our national independence. This anniversary date is not only a historical landmark to remember the selfless effort of our heroes and all those who have forged the identity of our country, but by all countrymen who, in our country and abroad, work every day, with a consummate tenacity to ennoble Peru.
Aware of the sacrifices of those who had to leave our country and face the challenge of building a future abroad, often in very unfavorable circumstances, my government has assumed, with responsibility, theinevitable compromise to take care of a community of approximately 3,800,000 compatriots living abroad. In this regard, concrete actions have been carried out to improve the mechanisms of protection, help and assistance, legal and humanitarian assistance through consular offices; there were purchased numerous appropriate consular premises and was put in motion a major program of modernization of Consular management, which includes various actions to improve the quality of services provided to Peruvians citizen from abroad.
This policy has not been limited to support the consolidation of Peruvians in the societies who receive them, but there was also added the commitment to promote the return of migrants on Peruvian ground, under a law of economic and social reinsertion, in force since 2013, so that returnees have basic tools on hand to reintegrate in terms of productionin thedevelopment process of the country.
I would like to highlight in particular the efforts undertaken by the Schengen visa exemption for European Union so that Peruvian citizens can enter, since March this year, in this community of European states. This is undoubtedly a positive assessment of Peruvians and successful positioning of our country in the international scene.
On the occasion of the 195thanniversary of our national independence, I convey to each of you, and to your families, my heartfelt gratitude for the outstanding work you make to enhance the well-being, promoting the values, principles and traditions of our country and at the same time contributing to its well-deserved development.
National Happy Holidays!
Long live Peru!
Thank you very much.