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INCREASE IN MIGRANTS CROSSING DARIEN GAP, PANAMA

Migrants crossing Darien Gap


June 25, 2022 | By Colin Jarrett |

The number of migrants crossing the dangerous Darien Gap in Panama has grown substantially.

Minister of Security Juan Manuel Pino said that so far this year, close to 46,500 migrants have been registered, compared with approximately 26,300 detected in the same period of 2021.

That year, a total of 133,000 migrants passed through Panama, suggesting that this year’s total will be even higher.

The majority of the migrants in 2021 were from Haiti while authorities estimate the largest group this year are Venezuelans.

The government of Panama has approved 4.9 million US dollars in funding to feed the migrants. The roadless, jungle-clad Darien Gap runs between Colombia and Panama plagued by wild animals, swollen rivers, rough terrain and thieves.

The gap has also claimed many lives.

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