United Nations Press Release in Panama - On the Increase of Migrant Flow

Date Publish: 
Saturday, February 16, 2019


Panama - In response to reports of increased mixed flows and movements of people of different nationalities to Puerto Obaldía and nearby communities, the United Nations System in Panama recognizes the efforts of the Panamanian government to meet the humanitarian needs of migrants that arrive from Colombia, and invites the authorities to maintain these actions that enhance the country's commitment to human rights and international law.

The respect and protection of the rights of migrants is paramount, and applies to those who are within the national territory, whatever their nationality, age or immigration status, without any discrimination, in order to preserve their security, integrity physical, welfare and dignity. This is a basic principle to achieve that, with the adoption of complementary actions, migration is beneficial for all. In addition, we remind you that, if there are people with international protection needs, they have the right to access the asylum system to determine their refugee status and access the corresponding rights.

From the United Nations System in Panama, we applaud the decision of the Panamanian government to work jointly with the Colombian authorities to ensure that these mixed movements of people occur in a safe, orderly and regular manner, and in compliance with international law.

The United Nations System, through its specialized agencies such as IOM, UNHCR, UNICEF and OCHA, among others, is attentive to support the government of Panama in the proper management of the challenges arising from these movements of people.

For more information you can contact

Maytee Zachrisson/ mzachrisson@iom.int

Angela Flores/ florez@unhcr.org

Janibeth Miranda /janibeth.miranda@un.org