Panama and the US talk about security and migration in a high-level meeting

Panama and the United States celebrated this Thursday in the Panamanian capital a high-level meeting Focused on topics from security and on the wave of migrants that travels on foot part of the continent towards North America, of which 107,000 have crossed Panamanian territory this year.

At the meeting, delegations led, on behalf of Panama, for thecustomer support from the exteriors, Erika Mouynes, and of Public Securitya, Juan Pino, and by USA, for him Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, and the Undersecretary of Civil Security, Democracy and Human Rights, Uzra Zeya, reported the Panamanian Foreign Ministry.

“Among the relevant aspects of this meeting, the concern of both countries about the increase in the passage of irregular migrants stands out, aggravated by the effects of natural disasters, climate change, the economic crisis and the covid-19 pandemic”, said the Panamanian Foreign Ministry.

So far this year some 107,000 migrants on mobility have gone through Panama, an unprecedented figure, and that number is expected to be around 150.000 at the end of 2021said the Panamanian Minister of Public Security.

The migrants, mostly Haitian familiesyes, many from Chile and Brazil, where they had settled years ago, they arrive in Panama after Cross the dangerous jungle of Darien, the natural border with Colombia.

For years the Darien is crossed by migrants come from all over the world that they travel to North America, with traffic peaks between 2015 and 2016, instead of Cuban travelers, and now with the mobilization of dozens of thousands of Haitians.

It is not known with certainty how many have died in lto jungle victims of the environment wild oa hands of the criminal groups who have used the Darien for years for drug, arms and human trafficking. Panamanian authorities speak of at least fifty this year.

Panama hosts to the migrants on seasons from immigration reception (ERM) where biometric data is taken and they are offers healthcare and food.

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“When addressing irregular migration at the meeting, Minister Pino indicated that it is an issue that Panama has handled with responsibility and a humanitarian sense, in addition to a high economic cost”said the Chancellery.

He added that “emphasis was placed on execution from programs As the exchange dand information from biometric datas, called ‘smart borders’, as well as the implementation of prevention plansn in areas of higher crime incidence, and in the same way, the creation of a mthat interinstitutional from cybercrime and cybersecurity“.

“Faced with irregular migration, a recognized international phenomenon, our greatest challenge and also our greatest coincidence is to act together, reinforcing political and technical dialogue to prevent the mobile population from continuing to be exposed to human trafficking and smuggling networks. Our actions should lead us to make concrete decisions to reduce this phenomenon “, Mouynes stated.

The bilateral encounter it also served to follow to whats plans and programs in matters related with the border security, maritime security, citizen security and cyber security.

About matter of maritime security, the efforts for strengthen slabnaval, air and technological ctive, Tools for fight c networkstransnational organized rhyme, the drug traffickingI hear the illegal fishing.

For his part, the secretary Mayorkas “highlighted the efforts performed by Panama for fight the Dorganized crime, the arms smuggling, the customs fraud, the tdrug trafficking and the money laundering, in addition to the attention it gives to migrants. “

“Mayorkas stated that these bilateral meetings are part of the mutual collaboration process that the United States and Panama maintain, working together through aligned initiatives to combat transnational crime networks, drug trafficking and other international crimes,” added the official information.

The Panamanian Foreign Ministry indicated that “the mechanism of the Dialogue the SHigh level security Come in Panama and the United States seeks establish bilateral cooperation on safety matter in the next five years”. EFE

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