Security & Strategic Review - October 2023

Panama decries international inaction over Darién migrant crossings

Reports that the numbers of irregular migrants attempting to cross the Darién Gap, a dense jungle in Panama bordering Colombia, this year have already exceeded those registered in the whole of 2022, have made headlines in recent weeks. The reports have also prompted mounting frustration on the part of Panamanian authorities regarding the international community’s inaction in addressing the crisis; speaking at the recent 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, President Laurentino Cortizo began his speech warning that the situation in the Darién is “not sustainable”. Complaining that it is “not something we asked for”, he urged the “problem of irregular migration” to be “addressed multilaterally”.

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