As part of a strategy set in motion by the National Immigration Institute (INM) called Somos Mexicanos (We’re Mexicans), deportees are being added to a database through which employers can recruit them.
Such has been the case with Cirque du Soleil, the world’s largest theatrical producer, in the Riviera Maya, Mexico. Their English-language skills landed jobs for 10 deportees at the Canadian entertainment company’s show called Joyà in Cancún.
Earning around US $600 per week in different positions, the company has already asked the INM for 40 more workers, said Somos Mexicanos coordinator Dalia García Acoltzi.
Speaking before the International Relations Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, García added that the company is preparing to open another show in Puerto Vallarta, “and we’ll become their source of recruits, given the needs of the show and of returning Mexicans.”
García said that of the nearly 220,000 Mexicans deported during 2016, 22% are currently employed in farming and 15% are working in the construction industry.