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Panama warns about minors among irregular migrants

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Panama warns about minors among irregular migrants

Panama, Dec 6 (Prensa Latina) Migration authorities warned about the presence of children among 150,000 irregular migrants who have passed through Panama this year, a reality that is still worrisome today.

According to Samira Gozaine, director of the National Migration Service (SNM), 20 percent of these migrants are children, mostly under five years of age.

She pointed out that in the last two years Panama has spent nearly 50 million dollars on this issue, and confirmed that the United States is the final destination of these people, who risk their lives in the dangerous route through the Darien jungle.

For his part, Oriel Ortega, director of the National Border Service (Senafront), told the press that Panama is currently hosting some 900 migrants who expect to continue their way to North America.

According to him, about 400 people remain in camps in the jungle and nearly 500 are in the province of Chiriqui, near the border with Costa Rica.

Panama has migration reception stations in the province of Darien (Bajo Chiquito, Lajas Blanca and San Vicente), and in Chiriqui (Planes de Gualaca), bordering Costa Rica.

Ortega pointed out that they normally transfer 150-200 migrants from the camps in Darien to the one in Gualaca, where they await to continue their transit.

Previously, Senafront transferred 500-600 migrants to Chiriqui, he said.

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