Directors of Migration of Costa Rica, Colombia and Panama, began meetings to coordinate the migration flow of people from Haiti, Cuba and Venezuela, among other nationalities. - Voice of America photo -

































Published on Tuesday, August 31, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff and wire services

The concern over security and migration brought together both Security Ministers, Michael Soto Rojas of Costa Rica and Juan Manuel Pino Forero of Panama. They met to discuss control and security agreements for the southern border between the two countries.

The ministers were joined by the directors of the Migration Directorates of each country.

According to the ministry, the meeting took place in Chiriqui Province in Panama, resulting in an agreement to establish a new border control post in Punta Burica, Golfito Canton, Puntarenas Province. Currently, in Punta Burica there is one Border Police post, but not a Migration Facility to attend travelers between the two countries.

Costa Rica has three immigration posts on the border with Panama: Paso Canoas, Coto Brus, both on the Pacific Coast and Sixaola on the Caribbean Coast.

Other important topics at the meeting were tourism, border security, drug trafficking, land, air and maritime surveillance, migratory movements between the two countries, including Panamanian immigrants who come to Costa Rica to work in agricultural work, the ministry said.

An example of previous agreements on security and migration issues was the creation of the current Police Cooperation Center in Paso Canoas in Corredores Canton, where representatives of the police ministries of both countries share the same goal of fighting cross-border crime, authorities said.



Migrants from Latin America, Africa and Asia are flooding the streets of Necoclí, a town in Colombia across the Gulf of Urabá from the Panamanian border, according to Voice of America Journal report. "More than 11,000 migrants are stranded at the port as more arrive with plans to travel north to the United States," the report reads.




Recently, the directors of Migration of Costa Rica, Colombia and Panama, began meetings to coordinate the migration flow of people from Haiti, Cuba and Venezuela, among other nationalities.


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