Darién Panamá

Panama-Irregular Migration Decreases in the First Days of January

Panama-Irregular Migration Decreases in the First Days of January

Panama, January 11, 2024. The number of irregular migrants crossing the Darien jungle in the early days of the year is low compared to last year when, in August alone, the figure exceeded 80,000 travelers, clarified Panama’s Minister of Migration, Samira Gozaine, reports Migracion Panama. 

Gozaine added that there is a report that a bridge in Colombia, specifically in Necoclí, collapsed, and this seems to have halted the progress of many migrants, which may be one of the reasons for the decreased influx of these individuals.

 

 

Likewise, she suggests that she hopes the campaign “Darien is not a Route” is taking effect, as it has shown the world the harsh conditions of the region, the danger, and the crimes to which these people who make the journey are subjected. Additionally, this has led people to seek other ways of traveling.

 

 

The director general of SNM also pointed out that there are flights that have started from Colombia to Nicaragua, and she thinks that this has caused foreigners to take other routes instead of Darien. “We have almost 3,000 people, so far this year, which is a very low figure compared to the year 2023.”

Panama recorded a record figure of over 520,000 irregular migrants passing through the Darien Gap in 2023, after reporting 248,284 in 2022 and 133,726 in 2021. Most of these migrants have the primary goal of reaching the United States.

 


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