Weekly Report - 11 April 2024 (WR-24-14)

PANAMA: Migration policy in the spotlight

Stung by criticism of its migration policy, the Panamanian government claimed this week that it was motivated first and foremost by humanitarian impulses, which were complemented by national security considerations. It was responding to a report from the US-based lobby group Human Rights Watch (HRW) calling on the Panamanian and Colombian governments to do much more to protect and assist the hundreds of thousands of migrants and asylum seekers endeavouring to traverse the inhospitable and roadless Darién Gap, that acts as the natural border between the two countries.

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