The government of Panama requested information from Colombia to review what factors influenced the reduction in flows
Panama’s foreign ministry is analyzing the reasons why irregular migrant flows through the Darien jungle have decreased in recent days.
“The migrant flow is currently low, but we are trying to understand with the intelligence and information that we request from Colombia whether it is only a climate issue or for other reasons,” said Cybertec Latin America Forum. said Panamanian Foreign Minister Janaina Teveni during the event, which was held in Panama for the fifth year.
Panamanian officials have set the number of migrants who have crossed the Darien jungle this year at more than 100,000, and the UN organization has warned that as many as 400,000 migrants could cross by the end of the year, up from about 250,000 last year. Will break the record of
Regarding the end of Title 42 of the United States, which hinders the right to request asylum in a North American country, Taveney commented that it was a matter of discussion and that it was part of the coordination that he was doing. Colombia and the United States.
He noted that before the title expired, the United States had announced the possibility of establishing a legal route through Colombia and Guatemala, understanding that Darién’s geography would prevent migrants from continuing to transit that route. was relevant to
The foreign minister defended that the measure arose as a result of the awareness given by Panama to the United States that Darien is not a “only” passage, as what is currently happening could be repeated in other countries of the continent. . “Very wisely, processing points were established geographically in Colombia and Guatemala, avoiding the Darien route,” he said.
They argued that through the Ministry of Security’s Shield operation, they wanted to protect the national territory, but above all the Darien National Park, which has been degraded by migrant interference, affecting biodiversity and pollution. “We cannot allow this to be worsened by unregulated migration,” he warned.
Teveney stressed that “Panama is not against migration, but in favor of organized migration”, however, he remarked that there are no human rights in a hostile area like the Darien jungle, so it should not be used as a transit. should go. Way. “This is an issue that we have been dealing with in all our visits to the United States, we will continue to do so and we will continue to say so,” he said.