>> With President Trump declared an end to protected immigration status for more than 200,000 Salvadorans, one industry in El Salvador is gearing up for a possible influx of new workers. Reuters' Central America correspondent, Enrique Andreas Patel.>> In recent years, call centers have become the fastest growing non-traditional export t in the county.
According to El Salvador's investment promotion giveaway, the industry employs more than 25,000 people, a 50% more than two years ago.>> With English speakers to choose from, easy travel distances from American cities, and a similar time zone to that of the US. Some companies have been picking El Salvador as a call center hub, over faraway places, like India and the Philippines.
Tampa-based convergence, which counts at&t as its biggest client, has put down routes there, international companies are doing so too. Paris-based Teleperformance has operations in the country, one of its customers has been Apple.>> The call center industry is an important source of good paying and stable jobs for the growing Salvadoran economy, where unemployment is officially about 8%t.
Minimum wage is less than $10 per day, and two out of three people working informal sector.>> Alexander Ramos was sent back to his home country seven years ago, after getting caught driving without a license. He landed a job at one of the nation's 70 call centers earning $600.000 a month.
That's double the country's minimum wage, but still half of what he earned back in the States. The misdemeanour charges that got him sent back, wasn't enough to disqualify him from getting a call center job. But, others with more serious police records did not apply. Deportees with criminal backgrounds are seen as a security risk, no matter how well they speak English.