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Argentina, Tierra del Fuego and its new electronic heaven


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Argentina declared Tierra del Fuego a tax haven, so that the region can grow in population. Big electronics companies came to Tierra del Fuego and that changed the Argentinian town Ushuaia radically. What did the economy growth in Argentina bring to Tierra del Fuego and what are the electronic firms bringing to the inhabitants of the end of the world? What means this new development for the mountains and the nature in Tierra del Fuego?

Dutch presenter and film maker Stef Biemans travels across the back of the Andes and wonders how people are doing in South America. In the third episode he experiences life in Tierra del Fuego, that mostly is known for his amazing nature and that in the last years has also become a place where electronics are produced. How are people making a living here and what are they dreaming of in an area that is surrounded by emptiness?

Tierra del Fuego is the new migrant paradise of South America. Since the news has been circulating that at the southernmost tip of this continent you can easily get work in an Argentinian electronics factory, the capital Ushuaia has grown rapidly. The Argentine government has declared the area tax-free, as a result of which companies have launched large smartphone and television factories.

Growth is going so fast here, that it feels like a threat to many people. What, for example, are the consequences for nature in the mountains around it? Should not the biodiversity of Tierra del Fuego be left intact? Charles Darwin studied Man and Animal on Tierra del Fuego and found the principles of his theory of evolution. Can the inhabitants of today adapt to the changes? Or are they stuck in the past? And how bad is that?

Original title: El paraíso technológico (3/6) – Over de rug van de Andes

Presented by Stef Biemans

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