Chile ranked 44th out of 182 countries in the 2009 Human Development Report published by the UN Development Program (UNDP) in October of the same year.
Its “high” human development level and HDI of 0.878 placed Chile at the top rank in Latin America, ahead of Argentina (49th), Uruguay (50th), Cuba (51st), Mexico (53rd), Costa Rica (54th), Venezuela (58th) and Panama (60th).
The first group of 38 states with “very high” levels of human development was headed by Norway and also included Australia, Iceland, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, France, Switzerland and Japan.
The ranking was prepared with data from 2007, therefore predating the world financial crisis, and includes information related to per capital gross domestic product (GDP), literacy rate and life expectancy, among others, which for Chile were US$ 13,880, 96.5% and 78.5 years, respectively.
The document entitled “Overcoming Barriers: Human Mobility and Development” analyzes “who migrates, where they come from and where they go, and the reasons for their movement. In addition, it examines the multiple effects of migration on all those involved; not just those who leave, but also those who stay behind.”