Panama to investigate illegal charges to Nicaraguan migrants
Panama, Jul 4 (Prensa Latina) Panamanian authorities are investigating allegations of early private collections from Nicaraguan migrants who wish to return to their country, Samira Gozaine, director of the National Immigration Service (SNM) reported. 'We have some complaints of people who paid a hundred and a few US dollars for this trip, which was scheduled and organized by private individuals. It was not the Government, it was not through the Foreign Ministry, or the appropriate channels of the embassies in each country,' she said.
Samira insisted that whether any claim of the alleged victims were proved, it could be classed as a human trafficking crime, and she also warned that the government will not allow a similar situation to be repeated, which not only violated the health quarantine but also endangered the health of many Panamanians and migrants, including about 50 children.
On Friday, 838 Nicaraguan citizens were transferred to transit shelters, located in the bordering western province of Chiriqui, while land repatriation with their country and Costa Rica is being processed, Gozaine explained.
Likewise, she stressed that out of 65 people every eight hours the Nicaraguan authorities agreed to receive 100 at the same time.
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