Within the framework of the "Promoting peaceful coexistence in the COVID-19 response for migrants, refugees, and other vulnerable populations in Central America and the Caribbean" project of the European Union in conjunction with the Ministry of Health (MINSA for its Spanish acronym), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), a series of training workshops were conducted in the municipalities of Panamá, San Miguelito, La Chorrera, on November 18 and 19 in Panama City and November 24 and 25, 2021, in La Chorrera.
The U.S. Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights, Uzra Zeya, visited the southern border of Panama to learn about the situation of the migratory flow through Darien, in addition to following up on bilateral security, cooperation and human rights protection programs.
Border personnel in Panama exchanged experiences concerning migration management in emergency contexts
Members of the different coordination mechanisms in migration management with presence in the two border provinces of Panama, Darién, and Chiriquí, participated in the II Exchange of Experiences on Migration. This was held between September 27 and 29, 2021, with the objective of continuing to strengthen a national and cross-border work platform for the care of migrants in vulnerable conditions and in the context of emergencies.
- In the notorious Darien Gap spanning the Colombia-Panama border, a young pregnant woman and her husband from Haiti were left alone to face the unforgiving jungle along one of the world's most dangerous irregular migration routes.
- More than 91,300 migrants, mostly Haitians, have trekked through the perilous Darien Gap jungle to Panama from Colombia this year hoping to reach the United States, Canada or Mexico, according to Panama's National Migration Service (SNM). The figure for the first nine months triples the previous record of 30,000 on the same route during all of 2016.
A total of 25 officials from different national directorates of the Ombudsman's Office of Panama participated in a training day on Human Rights of people in conditions of vulnerability, with emphasis on migrants, coordinated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with the aim of updating, reinforcing, and promoting the exchange of technical knowledge in this area.
Panama City - As part of the joint actions between the diplomatic and consular representation of the Republic of El Salvador in Panama and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), a workshop was held today for Salvadoran migrants with the support of the Integrated Response on Migration (IRM) project in Central America, which is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).