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Panamanian authorities arrest more than 2,000 foreigners

Staff Writer | August 17, 2017
The number of foreigners arrested by the Panamanian National Migration Service (SNM) during the first semester of 2017 went up to 2,935.
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Immigrants   237 foreigners were deported or expelled
Among the nationalities with more impact in this aspect, there are Colombia, United States, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.

The citizens from these nations were arrested to verify their penal antecedents, because of being undocumented, working without authorization, carrying expired permissions, evasion of control posts and others.

According to SNM the operations were carried out in the whole country, and the statistic data reveal that 75 percent of the arrested foreigners were men, and 25 percent women.

A SNM report revealed that 237 foreigners were deported or expelled from Panamanian national territory during the first six months of 2017.

The report said that the deportations are mostly because those foreigners entered Panama illegally, or in an irregular way, stayed in Panama without documents or were working without authorization.

In a recent interview with Prensa Latina, SNM director Javier Carrillo said that 'we cannot allow everyone go and come free across the border without fulfilling with migratory requirements'.

On May 26, Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela announed the reduction of the permission to stay in Panama as a tourist, from 180 to only 90 days, to citizens from Colombia, Venezuela and Nicaragua, countries contributing with the largest number of migrates.

In his statements to the press, President Varela recognized that due to the situation being presented by some countries of the region, the data show a tendency to increase, particularly, in the aforementioned countries.

According to estimates, nearly 80,000 foreigners entered Panama in the last 8 years, most of them legally.