88,000 migrants have entered through Darién, Panama provides them food and accommodation
According to the National Migration Service, migrants are cared for by the State due to their vulnerable conditions.
The National Migration Service (SNM) clarified that there are no anomalies in the expenses allocated to the migrant population, and assured that they are invested in food, health care and accommodation that are provided to migrants housed in the Migratory Reception Stations of the provinces of Darién and Chiriquí.
According to the entity, in 2021 88,514 migrants have entered the Darien jungle who have been cared for by the State, due to their vulnerable conditions.
For all of the above, the National Migration Service considers a priority "to strengthen the infrastructure and humanitarian assistance in the receiving communities and the Migratory Reception Stations of Lajas Blancas and San Vicente, while continuing to develop projects and adjustments in the Migration Reception Station of The Plans of Gualaca, Chiriquí ", so this 2021 the project for the construction of new facilities in Gualaca was presented, however, budget cuts resulting from the pandemic did not allow it to be included.
This project was included in the budget for 2022.
On the other hand, at the Darien Immigration Reception Station, the construction of new facilities is scheduled to begin, for 1.9 million dollars, in the coming months of the year, when the country's climatic conditions are more favorable.
According to the institution, Panama's Irregular Migration Flow Management System and agreements and coordination with neighboring countries have allowed a maximum transit time of up to 5 days to be established.