Security & Strategic Review - July 2024

PANAMA: First climate change migrants

At the end of May, Panama’s President Laurentino Cortizo handed the keys to 300 new homes to over 1,300 indigenous Guna people who are being resettled from Gardí Sugdub, an island in the San Blas Archipelago off the country’s northern coast, to the newly built settlement of Nuevo Cartí in the Guna Yala comarca (indigenous administrative region), on the mainland. The families, who have been resettled due to rising sea levels, are considered Panama’s first group of climate change migrants.

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