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Overseas Health Insurance News: Peru makes efforts to coax expats home

The Peruvian government has brought in a new law to try and tempt nationals living abroad to return home and boost the development of the country.

President Ollanta Humala promoted the change, which makes up part of new social inclusion seeing returning expatriates offered tax exemptions, scholarships and a number of other benefits.

He highlighted the fact that many of the skills present in the 3.5 million Peruvians living and working overseas could be put to good use in Peru to help move the country forward.

Mr Humala added: "We believe they are important because their work and experience abroad will help us increase and strengthen our national wealth."

Official data shows that 125,000 expats returned to Peru between 2006 and 2009 with almost double that number moving back home between 2009 and 2011.

The government understands that to continue the trend of more native skilled workers going back to the country it will have to make conditions favourable for them.

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