Some of these men have only known mining. While there will be compensation for their hardship and a government pension, many of the miners will eventually need to go back to work. That could require retraining in order to enter a new field. For the men who want or need to return to mining, it will require confronting fears about going underground again. The sole Bolivian in the group, Carlos Mamani, has reportedly been offered a job in the Bolivian government upon his return.
Five things Chile miners will have to tackle next
For the 33 Chilean miners, their reemergence on the surface Wednesday is just the beginning of months, possibly years, of adjustment to their heightened status in society and the changes that happened while they were underground.
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