In Chile, all persons have the right to participate in the policies, plans, programs, and actions of the State. To guarantee this right, the organs of the Administration must establish the formal and specific modalities of engagement that individuals and social organizations will have within the scope of their competence.
In line with Law No. 20500 on Associations and Citizen Engagement in Public Management *, the Servicio Nacional de Migraciones (SERMIG) has implemented various mechanisms for citizen engagement and has created an area responsible for the implementation of these mechanisms with a gender and intersectional perspective.
In this way, SERMIG seeks to promote active and diverse citizen engagement in decision-making and in the construction of public policies that reflect the needs and realities of the migrant and refugee population in the country.
Objectives of the Participación Ciudadana (Citizen Engagement area)
Promoting the mainstreaming of citizen engagement in the public management developed by SERMIG with a gender and intersectional perspective.
Supporting the implementation of the Política Nacional Migratoria (National Migration Policy).
Citizen engagement mechanisms
The organs of the State Administration must provide the public with relevant information about their policies, plans, programs, actions and budgets, ensuring that it is timely, complete and accessible.
In SERMIG, the dissemination and promotion of information to the public, in a constant and updated manner, is done through this website and the following specific channels:
Consejo de la Sociedad Civil (COSOC)
The Consejo de la Sociedad Civil (Civil Society Council) of SERMIG is an autonomous body whose purpose is to institutionalize the analysis and discussion of civil society regarding migration in Chile, in matters within the competence of the Service, integrating into the main decisions of the authority an approach of citizen engagement, with full respect for the social and cultural diversity of migrant and refugee communities and organizations that promote their rights and duties.
Participatory Public Account
The Cuentas Públicas Participativas (CPP, Participatory Public Accounts) are processes of exchange and participatory dialogue between the public institution and society. Through them, the public authority renders an annual account of the management carried out and citizens exercise social control and influence the public administration.
The Consultas Ciudadanas (Citizen Consultations) seek to gather the opinions of citizens on a matter of public interest. They can be carried out through participatory dialogues (in person), virtual citizen consultations or both modalities simultaneously.