Panamanian Government Says Migrant Crisis is Over
22 de diciembre de 2016, 16:18Panama, Dec 22 (Prensa Latina) Panamanian Public Security Minister Alexis Bethancourt announced today that this country had overcome the crisis caused in 2016 by the large waves of Haitian migrants and also from other countries in transit to the north.
Bthancourt specified that they had managed to keep the situation under control, with the guarantee that migrants would have a decent and humane treatment, thanks to the Controlled Flow operation, started in August in collaboration with neighboring countries.
During that period, the authorities intensified the fight against the human trafficking networks and applied strict health and security controls at borders, the local media said today.
With the departure of the last Haitians that were in the eastern province of Darien, the situation returned to normal to proceed to close the humanitarian station set in the sector of Nicanor, with capacity for 1,500 people, explained Bethancourt.
In 2016, this country recorded more than 27,000 migrants in the border area, coming from several countries in the region, in transit to the north and with the United States as final destination.
The Panamanian Public Security Ministry said that in 2007, security at the border will be tightened to fight irregular migration and protect the national territory from drug and human trafficking.
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