PANAMA. The Immigration department deported 1,185 illegal immigrants to their countries of origin during the first six months of the ye...
PANAMA. The Immigration department deported 1,185 illegal immigrants to their countries of origin during the first six months of the year, after they were detained at Tocumen International Airport and other parts of the isthmus where special operations were mounted.
A statistical report of the Immigration National Service showed that of the 803 foreigners who were arrested for being in Panama illegally, of those 366 went back to their countries voluntarily and 16 were repatriated. The rest await processing.
Up to the end of June, 1,041 illegal immigrants were detained of which 23 were Asian, 681 Colombians, six Cuban, 11 Ecuadorians, ten Americans, six Haitians, 90 Nicaraguans, 35 Peruvians, 65 Dominicans, 16 Venezuelans and 101 from other countries.
The five countries with the highest number of nationals detained in Panama are: Colombia, China, Dominican Republic and Peru.
The Immigration Services operations have increased since July 1, 2009. In the last 26 days, around 225 illegal immigrants have been detained in the Panamanian territory.
Panama is one of the favorite routes of human traffickers who charge exorbitant amounts of money to bring people from Asia and other Latin American countries on their way to the United States and Canada.