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Luring Ecuadorian Immigrants Back Home: FI2W’s Jelena Kopanja on PRI’s The World


The Ecuadorian government has an office in Corona, Queens. (Photo: Merry Pool)

Feet in Two Worlds reporter Jelena Kopanja produced a piece for PRI’s nationally-syndicated daily program The World about how Ecuador tries to convince its expats to return home.

It’s estimated that 11 per cent of Ecuador’s population lives outside the country. Many left to escape their country’s faltering economy. Now Ecuador wants them back, but not all migrants trust the government’s motives.

Jelena has reported previously on this blog on the initiatives, that include a Welcome Back program with economic incentives for migrants to return to the South American country.

You can listen to Jelena’s piece —which aired Dec. 30—by pressing ‘play’ below or you can visit The World‘s page clicking here.

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Feet in Two Worlds brings the work of immigrant and ethnic media journalists from communities across the U.S. to public radio and the web. Since 2005, this award-winning project has expanded the diversity of voices and stories on public radio by presenting the work of journalists representing a broad spectrum of immigrant communities including Arab, Bosnian, Brazilian, Chinese, Haitian, Indian, Irish, Latin American, Pakistani, Polish, and Russian immigrants. Feet in Two Worlds reporters appear on nationally-distributed public radio programs including PRI’s The World, Studio 360, and The Takeaway, American Public Media’s Marketplace and NPR’s Latino USA, as well as on public radio stations WNYC, New York Public Radio, and WDET in Detroit.