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Panama warns of irregular migration boom

Igor-Pittí

Panama warns of irregular migration boom

Panama City, Oct 5 (Prensa Latina) Panama's Vice Minister of Security, Igor Pittí, warned about the increase in irregular migration in transit through the dangerous Darién jungle to the United States.

More than 2,000 migrants use this route every day and the tendency is to increase before the end of 2022, he said.

According to a study by the newspaper La Estrella de Panamá, if from January to the beginning of October more than 158,000 migrants arrived in Panama and they did so under the control of organized crime, this could represent an income of more than US$35 million for these gangs, distributed among coyotes and criminal groups.

Pittí recalled that the only country in the region that has precise data on those who cross its border is Panama. The authorities have quantitative and qualitative figures and perform biometric tests on migrants, unlike other countries in the region.

In this regard, the official said that they will promote, through the Regional Conference on Migration, that Panama will receive the pro tempore presidency next year, and thus promote a standardization of information throughout the continent.

According to this initiative, there could be an Irregular Migration Observatory in which each country should be responsible for managing the numbers accurately and sharing them on a platform to maintain traceability and orderly flow.

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