Criminal acts against migrants have decreased, says Minister Pino

The Minister of Public Security, Juan Manuel Pino, made a work tour in Darién, as part of the National Government’s commitment to follow up on the migratory situation in accordance with international agreements and commitments, on human rights, health care, accommodation and feeding.

The head of Public Security indicated that crimes against migrants have decreased, after security was reinforced with more units of the National Border Service (Senafront) in the Darién border cord.

“During our work tour we spoke with migrants, mostly Venezuelans, who told us that after the announcement by the United States, many of them made the decision to return to their country, however, others continue the journey,” explained the minister. .

Minister Pino indicated that talks are scheduled with authorities from Colombia and Costa Rica, to reach an agreement regarding the migratory situation in the region.

“Currently, 187,644 migrants have passed through Panama. So far in the month of October, 36,062 have passed, mostly from Venezuela,” added the Minister.

For his part, the director of Senafront, Oriel Ortega, reported that through the “Wana Jumarada” operation, the Darién jungle has been reinforced, as announced by Minister Pino on his last work tour in Darién, where 78 coyotes were detained and 688 migrants were rescued.

“So far this year we have apprehended 136 people for crimes against migrants, of these, 85 are nationals and 56 foreigners.”

Meanwhile, the director of the National Migration Service (SNM), Samira Gozaine, reported that currently more than 9,000 migrants are in the reception camps in the province of Darién.

“Panama continues to provide food, accommodation and health care, there are many children who come on these journeys and we cannot stop caring for them,” said director Gozaine.

Soon the SNM will enable modules that will house more than 300 families.


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