>> Immigrants from all over Latin America who decide to head south, instead of to an increasingly less hospitable north, are seeking a better life in South America's copper mining capital of Antofagasta, Chile. But rather than fortune, they're finding poverty and discrimination. As Reuters senior correspondent Rosaldo O'Brien.>> Chile is a relatively stable and prosperous part of South America.
And that's really made it a magnet for migrants coming from neighboring countries like Peru and Bolivia. But also other countries further afield like Columbia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Haiti. However, many migrants, when they arrive here, find that Chile is not the paradise they dreamed off.>>
> It's not the way it's pictured back home that you'll find money as soon as you arrive, or that you'll find work as soon as you get here, because it's not like that.
Also, times have changed. Before there were not so many immigrants, now there are a lot.>> Because of the immigrant influx, which came as falling copper prices plunged the city into recession, O'Brien says immigrants are sidelined in these growing temporary slums. Much like in other parts of the hemisphere, they face hostility from the locals.
>> Immigrants complain of being stigmatized in Chile and they face discrimination. And this anti-immigrant sentiment is something that politicians are starting to pick up on. And it's something that you're seeing in campaigning. But as long as Chile remains a relatively stable and affluent part of the region, It's likely that immigration into the country is going to continue.
>> Chile's former President Sebastian Pinera, a billionaire, has tapped into the anti-immigration sentiment in the country. He has often called immigrants criminals, and recent polls make him the frontrunner to win November's presidential election.>>