Panama has adopted strict measures against Nicaraguan migrants
Thursday, February 03 2011 @ 04:34 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
"In addition, those Nicaraguan citizens who enter Panamanian territory by land must have with them a valid transit visa valid for 30 days issued by the consulate of Costa Rica in Managua," he added. Camargo said the agency spoke with the regular passenger transportation operators, who were warned that the measures adopted are with the companies that conduct tours to Panama. He said that just in January 2011 under these circumstances nine Nicaraguans were deported, which cost the Panamanian state $3,197 dollars, and during the year 2010 a total of 752 aliens were deported, most of them Nicaraguans, and they were returned to their respective countries for a total cost of $443,292 dollars.
Earlier this week, the Vice President of the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), the Sandinista legislator Jacinto Suarez criticized the immigration measures taken by the Panamanian government against Nicaraguan migrants. "The restrictions taken against Nicaraguans are ridiculous and it affects traders who come to make purchases, affecting their own business activities," said Suarez. (La Prensa)