Panama is pronounced by discouraging migration flow


Panamanian Foreign Minister Isabel Saint Malo said continuing dialogue with other countries to seek comprehensive solution, but we have to take measures to discourage migratory flows.

The crisis created by the concentration in the southern and northern borders three thousand 400 Cubans, according to official figures; and about 800 Africans on the border with Costa Rica, all en route to the United States, goes through subtle disagreements between authorities of both countries, national rejection of the presence of foreign and humanitarian aid.

“Topic migrants should be treated as humanitarian while protecting Panama. It is a complex issue which is governed by international conventions,” also said Saint Malo in your account on the social network Twitter.

Meanwhile, in a television program of political analysis, this Sunday Javier Carrillo, Director of Immigration in Panama, said that the authorities will have to make a decision, because your country or another in the region may have this as a permanent charge, and be negotiating with others to let them get to your destination.

Why Costa Rica speaks of deportations and takes drastic measures such as closing borders, we still did not do, because the circumstances are different from the geographical point of view, while access from Colombia is a woodsy area and return them puts high level of risk, he said.

“Return them to Cuba is an option, but would have to negotiate with the Cuban government formula”, which is “on the table” and Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela, decided at the time he said Carrillo, because “this can not continue permanently. “

In the channel space TVN2 also intervened Frank Abrego, former director of the National Border, who explained that since 2002 date the first illegal migrants arriving by Darien jungle, which Panama shares with Colombia, and in that case were Peruvians and Ecuadorians who used the route to reach the United States.

He explained that in 2010 began the interception of Africans fleeing wars, mainly Somalis, Ethiopians and Eritreans, but then abruptly changed the composition of nationality and were the first groups of Cubans.

“What caused this surge was the rapprochement between Cuba and the United States and the fear that the Cuban Adjustment Act, which allows any Cuban citizen arriving to the United States obtain their residence, which does not happen with any other citizen is removed of another country, “said Carrillo.

Meanwhile, Africans who remain in the “zone of fraternisation” between the border posts of Panama and Costa Rica, at Paso Canoas, refused yesterday to be transferred to a detention center established by Costa Rican authorities, because they fear being deported to their home countries, according to local media reports.

Meanwhile, the Government of Panama makes a deconcentration of Cubans who crowd into the line, and ordered the transfer of a part of them to camps and hotels relatively far from the international crossing, “to offer better conditions,” said a note official.