Theatrical producer hires Mexican deportees

By Elliot Bullman

Cirque du Soleil among private-sector firms offering jobs to returning Mexicans

As part of a strategy set in motion by the National Immigration Institute (INM) called Somos Mexicanos (We’re Mexicans), deportees are being added toa database through which employers can recruitthem.

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Such has beenthe case withCirque du Soleil, the world’s largest theatrical producer, in the Riviera Maya, Mexico. Their English-language skills landed jobs for 10 deporteesat 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 moreworkers, said Somos Mexicanos coordinator Dalia García Acoltzi.

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Speaking before the International Relations Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, García added that the companyis preparing to open another showin Puerto Vallarta, “and we’ll become their source of recruits, given the needs of the show and of returning Mexicans.”

García saidthat of the nearly220,000 Mexicans deported during 2016, 22% are currently employed in farming and 15% are working inthe construction industry.

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