President Rafael Correa announced on Tuesday that he will visit the United States in April to attend several academic conferences and meet with Ecuadorian immigrants.
On Saturday, April 12, Correa will visit New York City to, as he said, “meet our migrant brothers and sisters.” He will broadcast his weekly telecast from New York, where, it is estimated, as many as half a million Ecuadorians live and work.
At a similar meeting with migrants in Spain in 2012, Correa drew a crowd of 20,000 to his Saturday broadcast.
Correa said he will tell migrants about changes taking place in Ecuador and about government programs that provide support to migrants who decide to come home.
In total, it is believed there are 1.5 million Ecuadorians living in the U.S. Most left in the 1990s in search of better jobs. As many as 200,000 have returned to Ecuador since 2007.
Credit: President Rafael Correa will deliver his weekly television broadcast from New York City April 12.