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Haiti - FLASH : Nearly 1,600 Haitians stranded in camps in Panama
05/08/2020 11:26:04

Haiti - FLASH : Nearly 1,600 Haitians stranded in camps in Panama
In a meeting with representatives of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Haitian, Cuban, African and Asian representatives, who have nationals stranded in camps on Panamanian territory, Panama proposed to manage humanitarian voluntary return flights in an effort to calm the growing discomfort of these foreign migrants...

Juan Pino, the Panamanian Minister of Public Security, said it was one of the options that had been presented to Haitians over the past weekend, in addition to the promise of improved food and health care. Let's reminds that more than 2,000 foreigners, nearly 80% of whom are Haitian, live in camps in the province of Darién, in eastern Panama on the border with Colombia, in very difficult conditions, blocked due to mobility restrictions. due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Most Haitian migrants left Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and lived, for a time, in Brazil and Chile among others...

"I told them that Panama was ready to repatriate all Haitians who wanted to return voluntarily to their country," declared Pino stressing "Some representatives said yes, but it is one thing to say it and another to do it," adding that this repatriation process would be coordinated with the IOM and the Haitian Government.

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