IOM supports the government of Panama after the increase of migratory flows at the border

Date Publish: 
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Panama- To respond to the significant increase in migratory flows on the southern border (around 700 people who arrived from Colombia), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) provides technical assistance to the joint operation carried out by the National Border Service (SENAFRONT), the National Service of Civil Protection (SINAPROC), the National Migration Service and the Institutional Protection Service (SPI).  IOM is also providing support through food donations.

 "We come to the area to assess what additional contributions we can provide to support the correct implementation of the Temporary Lodging Management Manual for migratory flows from Panama, which was jointly developed by IOM together and the Ministry of Public Security and 10 other State institutions. Previous training has already been carried out on its implementation, but it is important to continue strengthening the technical capacities of the personnel in charge to improve the humanitarian response," said Rocío Dutary, Technical Specialist of IOM Panama.

In addition, teams from IOM Panama and IOM Costa Rica applied the displacement monitoring survey, or DTM, to migrant people in the Shelter Los Planes in the Chiriquí province, to know their migratory profile, to inquire about the routes used from their countries of origin or habitual residence to the countries of destination, and investigate the vulnerabilities and risks associated with smuggling and trafficking in persons experienced during their transit.

The mixed migration flow of persons is predominately from Cuba, but there are also people from Haiti, Congo, Angola, Cameroon, Venezuela and Brazil, including the presence of minors and pregnant women.

For more information, please contact Mayteé Zachrisson from IOM Panama at