Friday, May 9, 2014
The Senegalese in Argentina
The majority of the Senegalese traders that Senator Miguel Ángel Pichetto refers to have become well known in recent years for selling bijouterie and clothing goods in the streets of Buenos Aires. As a general rule, these traders have requested asylum in Argentina and while they are given the right to work while their application is in process, these are temporary permits which must be renewed periodically and are often not recognized by employers as valid. As a result, many turn to a profession that they were accustomed to in Senegal, which was essentially the sale of goods in public markets. Microcredit programmes and Spanish language lessons are offered by specialized NGOs with support of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in a bid to help the traders insert themselves into Argentine society.